Pro Bono Program
The USC School of Law Pro Bono Program partners with the SC Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging to help improve access to legal services for senior South Carolinians
SC is a recipient state for a 3 year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging (AoA). The “Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems” grant assists states in integrating helplines and other low-cost legal assistance mechanisms as critical, permanent, and sustained components of comprehensive legal services delivery programs. The target populations are underserved seniors, with particular emphasis upon low-income, minority, rural, homebound, Native American, and limited-English speaking older individuals.
In the first year of the grant volunteer USC School of Law students will receive training and supervision in conducting surveys around the state. The data from this initial needs assessment will give direction to the other grant partners as they strive to improve access to legal services and provide educational opportunities to older adults. In the second and third year the students will continue to conduct surveys, analyze the data and also assist at community education events.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to enhance their interviewing skills and also provide meaningful service to a growing SC population”, said Pamela Robinson, Director of the Pro Bono Program. “This project fits nicely into our goal of fostering the ethic of professional commitment to those who are unrepresented.”
USC School of Law students interested in volunteering for this project should enroll online at: law.sc.edu/pro_bono/. There is also a significant role for volunteer lawyers in SC who should contact the SC Bar Pro Bono Program at 803-799-4015 or the SC Access to Justice Commission at 803-576-3808.