Pro Bono Program
A Snapshot of Pro Bono Program Board Member Achievements
Recently I observed a higher than normal level of integration and service by Pro Bono Board members and wanted to share my observations. CAVEAT: This is by no means a comprehensive list of activities by this particular group of people but the scope is typical of what I am seeing throughout our student body! Leadership and carrying the banner for public service is why the members of the Pro Bono Board were selected and they do it well. In the likely event I have omitted to mention someone I apologize; there is so much activity this semester that it is difficult to keep one’s finger on the pulse.
Lambert Guinn, John Williams and Blaine Pleming have been an integral part of the Mock Trial Bar and have engaged in regional competitions where where they have been receiving strong compliments.
Christina Larney is the recipient of the Goldberg Scholarship from the SC Bar Foundation.
Lindsay Joyner is the newly elected Editor in Chief of the SC International Journal of Law and Business. Lindsay is in Mexico this semester working on her joint IMBA degree.
The SC Law Review announced that Kate Herbein will be a new Articles Editor next year.
Sarah Powell is the new Production Editor for the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal.
Johanna Valenzuela and Colleen Clark did an amazing job managing the Women in Law fundraiser, Race Judicata. This event raises funds for the Women’s Shelter.
Recent Moot Court Competitions involved several Board members, Adam Landy argued in the BLSA Competion, Katie Waites was in the UNC Constitutional Law Competition and Raia Hirsch competed in the ABA Moot Court program.
The 9th Annual Talent/No Talent Show was another great success. Katy Malloy, Will Dillard, Colin Colverson and Adam Protheroe were part of that success. This event raises money for summer public interest jobs for USC Law students.
It is tax season! Leading the team of Volunteer Income Tax Assistants are Angie Grant. Sarah Powell and Adam Landy. Every Wed. evening and Sat morning they can found in the Lobby helping low income and elderly clients. The VITA program is on track to almost double last years number of returns filed.
Will Dillard has been spearheading efforts to recruit volunteers through a variety of methods. He has assembled a calendar of community service projects that have been adopted by a number of student organizations. He has also led the effort that puts Pro Bono Board members in the Lobby one day a week to recruit students for various projects. He holds to the “no excuses” theory of volunteering! Will, Colleen Clark and Austin Smith have also joined together to produce the Pro Bono Board publication, For the Good of the Order.
Bobbie Wofford spearheaded the Vagina Monologues presentation at USC. The silent auction and lectures focused on the issue of domestic violence.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg! Pro Bono Board members are also actively involved in ongoing projects such as serving as Juvenile Arbitrators, representing children as guardians ad litem, teaching a curriculum at DJJ and engaging in numerous research projects for various agencies and organizations. I am very proud of our USC students who take are taking their obligation to provide assistance to those in need seriously. They truly are “making a difference for over 18 years”
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