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Pro Bono

Jun 8, 2023

A Different Ode to Pro Bono Work 

By Troy Shelton   “Would you be interested in helping a group of us create an appellate pro bono program for North Carolina?”   That was the pitch to me from a group of former and current appellate judges, the director of the Pro Bono Resource Center and the lead appellate counsel for another state program.   I […]

Aug 20, 2021

Bar program puts pro bono work a click away 

There is a common denominator for success in so many endeavors in life: connecting with people. For nearly a year now, the South Carolina State Bar has applied this concept to a program created to introduce underserved citizens to pro bono attorneys looking to serve them.  Offering statewide pro bono opportunities in numerous practice areas, […]

Sep 21, 2020

Pro Bono group expands amidst pandemic

While COVID-19 has forced many businesses and groups to limit services and operations, it’s prompted Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services to expand. The group has hired a new full-time attorney and paralegal to handle its ever-increasing eviction load and supplement the work of its other attorneys.  The positions are being funded through a grant from […]

May 5, 2020

In a pandemic, pro bono work goes on

  South Carolina attorneys are stepping up to provide their pro bono services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they’ll be needed long after the pandemic passes and leaves legal issues and problems for business owners and residents in its wake. “It is no secret that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on multiple sectors of our economy,” […]

Feb 27, 2020

Pro bono is good for your health

“Pro Bono Publico” is a Latin phrase that means “for the good of the public.” For lawyers, the phrase is associated with taking on a case or helping clients free of charge. Maybe your firm requires you to hit a certain amount of pro bono hours each year, or maybe you’re taking on such cases […]

Dec 17, 2018

SC Supreme Court creates new pro bono honor

The South Carolina Supreme Court has created a new honor for attorneys who provide over 50 hours of pro bono legal service each year. Beginning in February 2019, the Supreme Court will publish a yearly Pro Bono Honor Roll to recognize attorneys in the state who meet the minimum threshold. Attorneys who wish to be […]

Nov 12, 2018

Sign up for Free Legal Answers pro bono opportunity

The South Carolina Bar is looking for pro bono attorney volunteers to participate in a Free Legal Answers Blitz, taking place Nov. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m at the State Bar building at 950 Taylor St. in Columbia. The blitz is being held to give attorneys the opportunity to get experience using the online […]

Jul 27, 2018

South Carolina Bar hosts Pro Bono Blitz

The South Carolina Bar is hosting another opportunity for volunteer lawyers and law students to respond to legal questions posted on the website. The Blitz event is taking place Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the South Carolina Bar Building located at 950 Taylor Street in Columbia. Lawyers must register online ahead of time […]

May 30, 2018

Bar names Murphy & Grantland pro bono firm of the year

The South Carolina Bar named Murphy & Grantland the 2017 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year for their work providing free legal counsel to those in need. John Grantland was presented with the award on behalf of his staff at the Wild Dunes resort on the Isle of Palms on May 24. “At our […]

Apr 11, 2018

As easy as calling Uber: New website aims to match lawyers with pro bono clients

The rising cost of legal services, relative to average incomes, is forcing the profession to confront an alarming affordability crisis—more and more Americans who don’t qualify for traditional legal aid programs are nevertheless finding it impossible to afford legal assistance in cases where they urgently need it. And even for families who do qualify for […]

Jan 27, 2016

Legal help in the Lowcountry

In a state ranked as one of the worst in the nation when it comes to access to justice, a new nonprofit has sprung up in the Lowcountry to help provide legal services to moderate- and low-income individuals. Charleston Legal Access officially launched Jan. 27 and, according to its founder and executive director, Sally Newman, […]

May 2, 2014

Pro bono programs let new lawyers help themselves, lend a hand

Many new lawyers in the Carolinas are discovering that pro bono can be more than a way to give back. It can also be a way to get work experience while waiting out a down economy. In South Carolina, lawyers and law students both have pro bono options via the South Carolina Bar, and in […]

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