20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration Committee

20 Things You Might Not Know

20 Things You Can Do

Where are they now?

History of the Pro Bono Program

For the Good of the Order

Pro Bono Program

Where are they now?

Adam Landy

What firm/organization are you working with now?
Tax Associate Attorney, McNair Law Firm

What kind of pro bono or volunteer work have you been involved in?
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

What are the main reasons why you would recommend that law students become involved in pro bono work?
  1. Pro Bono works allows an aspiring lawyer to get practical experience working with clients and knowledge in understanding how the law is applied in practice.
  2. You will be have to use your critical thinking and analysis skills to help solve other people's problems which is used daily in practice.
  3. You can have lots of fun doing the work you love.

How would you encourage current law students to get involved with the Pro Bono program?
I would encourage law students to remember that being a lawyer is honor and privilege and it is our duty as members of this noble profession to remember we must assist and help others in need.

Has pro bono work contributed to your sense of career satisfaction?
I must say the feeling or satisfaction of knowing that you have assisted someone in resolving their legal problem or ensuring they get the maximum tax refund and seeing their smiling faces at the end of the process makes me feel like I have contributed to the well-being of society.

Did your experiences in the Pro Bono program at USC prepare you or benefit you in your career?
Absolutely, I do not believe I would have the interest in Taxation if I was not a volunteer with the VITA program in law school.

In your career, have you seen an overlap between your volunteer work and your sense of your own place in the community and the legal profession?
Yes, it is ironic but true, you will see the same people volunteering at different events as you will see in the courtroom or have on the other end of the telephone. It is great to know fellow lawyers on an informal but necessary basis.

How do pro bono efforts fit in to the work of the South Carolina Bar?
Either you are a part of the guardian ad litem program, the juvenile justice initiative, VITA or any other pro bono efforts, we are continuing the mantra of advancing justice, being professionals, and providing an understanding of the law.

What kind of perceptions, positive or negative, do you think that the bar as a whole has about attorneys who are actively involved in pro bono work?
I think that it is positive. Pro bono work is encouraged by firms, other lawyers and the Judiciary. I don't think anyone will look at you negatively for going above and beyond the call.

What is most memorable/best experience you had during your law school career through the Pro Bono program?
During my law school career, my most memorable experience is beating the 3L class of 2008 in the canned food drive after they proclaimed themselves as the best class ever in the food drive.

What does the 20th Anniversary of the Pro Bono program mean to you?
The anniversary means that we have done a lot of good things, a lot things right to have been able to achieve this milestone. While we should celebrate, we should take this time to reflect on the many accomplishments over the last 20 years and chart the next 20 years on how we will continue to impact the city of Columbia, the state of South Carolina, and the South Carolina Bar.

What is your most cherished memory with Pam?
The graduation note she sends out each year to graduating law students. Pam goes out of her way to send each member of the Pro Bono board's family a note of thanks for loaning their child to the school and the Pro Bono Program. It is such a wonderful gesture and I know my mother was so proud to receive the letter.