On April 12, 2022 the Pro Bono Program celebrated with a luncheon. At this time we celebrated the graduation of our 3l’s, welcomed our new Board members and applauded the dedication of our award recipients
SHADE stands for Self Help Assistance Divorce for Everyone and is a small but effective project in Richland County that strives to make the self-help divorce process move smoothly through Family Court. It has been determined that the Self-Help /Pro Se Divorce Packet available through the Court is overwhelming for many. Thus they arrive at their hearing with the wrong forms completed, no service on the defendant and a myriad of other issues. This results in a frustrated client, a loss of court time and overall disappointment in the judicial system
Enter SHADE where twice a month ( 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 11-1) an attorney meets with pro se clients to review their documentation, explain issues, prepare them for court and in general assure a higher degree of a successful outcome.
Enter law student volunteers! While the lawyer is talking with the client, someone needs to wrangle those awaiting help! Consent forms need to be explained and secured as well as an orderly process for handling clients. This is first-come, first-served. Once a student signs up at: https://signup.com/go/hUAsFTs a series of instructions and samples will be sent to the volunteer to review prior to their assigned day. This is real, hands on and direct service that makes a huge difference.
A new charity, The Rainy Day Fund, has a great event coming up. They are raising funds to help provide access to justice for those with financial woes. Sometimes getting access to the court is barred by a person not being able to pay a filing fee. The RDF wants to be able to step in and assist in cases with great merit.
Do you part? Great date night! and what lawyer or law student doesn’t like a scavenger hunt?
Those last few spots for the Feb. 25th trip have been filled! A few spots have opened up for students on the Palmetto Leader for our rescheduled trip to Latta, SC. Jump on this if you can: https://signup.com/go/NNyXrmJ
Spots are limited for this amazing hands-on experience as you will be partnered with a local lawyer to draft and execute simple wills and health care powers of attorney
There are a few openings in other dates so check out the link above. Still a chance you have the ride of your life!