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5 dean hopefuls visiting USC School of Law (access required)

Five lawyers seeking the top job at the University of South Carolina School of Law will be getting a who's who tour of the Palmetto State's legal community in coming weeks as the hunt for a new law dean moves into a new stage. Three candidates hail from outside the state. Two others have South Carolina connections. But all will be under scrutiny from a variety of legal professionals as well as law students, faculty, staff and members of the committee that's leading the search.

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USC’s pro bono program celebrates 20 years of public service (access required)

Twenty years ago, Pamela Robinson had a conversation that ended up putting the University of South Carolina School of Law in the vanguard of student pro bono action in the early 1990s. She was an assistant to then-Dean John Montgomery, and they were talking about the concept of mandatory pro bono service, "which we both considered pretty much an oxymoron," Robinson recalled.

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Artistic justice: Pro bono program aims to help artists with legal issues (access required)

Clients are few and lawyer participation is still ramping up, but a fledgling, unfunded pro bono program is ready to help low-income Palmetto State artists who can't afford to pay for legal representation. From contracts to copyright infringement to business plans, such artists now can go online to get assistance from the S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a program that kicked off in October. "We think this program has been a long time coming," said Harriett Green, director of visual arts at the S.C. Arts Commission.

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