Monthly Archives: January 2020


to out newest guardians ad litem. They have received their training from Richland County CASA and are ready to start advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. This is not a volunteer opportunity for everyone and that is ok but for those who are able to help in this way, our hats and hearts go out to them.  Please let them know how much you appreciate their dedication

John “JB” Bryant.     Violet Carr.  Molly Sue Harma.     Haley Kiser.   Christiana Olbrych

Danielle Cassells      Darcy Compton.     Megan Hobbs.    Jillian Lesley    Nicole Pares

These new volunteers were sworn in by the Honorable Rosalyn Frierson.  Judge Frierson is also a member of the Pro Bono Program Advisory Council.

Stuff you can use… Real Bad Habits Learned in Law School

From the blog Above the Law comes this great reminder of bad habits “learned” in law school. Things like:

  • ‘reading’ cases but not taking the time to re-read if necessary;
  • relying on someone else’s outline
  • not balancing your life and school
  • Procrastination- a bad habit that can be disastrous in practice
  • Not learning from your mistakes
  • Not realizing how much law school can change you

Don’t panic, there is still time to break those bad habits.

Read the full article hereThe Real Bad Habits of Law Students

The pictures tell the story

yesterday a hard working group of students represented the USC School of Law and the Pro Bono Program with great professionalism and skill.  Along with attorneys they drafted and responded to 99 questions posted by the public to the SC Bar online forum. It was not always easy to determine the issue or even the question but eventually a thoughtful response emerged.  The “group think” was amazing. We had answers!!! enjoy your colleagues at work!

January 23, 24, 2020

For the next couple of days the SC Bar will hold its annual convention in Columbia. All day Friday, volunteer law students will be paired with attorneys attending the convention to respond to questions posted by the public to the SC Bar online forum.  Watch this space, Twitter @USCLawProBono and Instagram @USCLawProBono for photos and updates.


A client who really, really, really…

does not like his ex-wife or her lawyer!  Request for “trial by combat” DENIED.

SC Law on the subject!

2012 South Carolina Code of Laws Title 16 – Crimes and Offenses
Section 16-3-420 – Carrying or delivering challenge; serving as second.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 16-3-420 (2012)

Whoever shall (a) willingly or knowingly carry or deliver any such challenge in writing or verbally deliver any message intended as, or purporting to be, such a challenge, (b) be present at the fighting of any duel as a second or (c) aid or give countenance thereto shall, for every such offense, on conviction thereof, be forever disabled from holding any office of honor or trust in this State and shall be imprisoned in the Penitentiary for a term not exceeding two years, at the discretion of the court, and shall be fined in a sum not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars.

HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 16-62; 1952 Code Section 16-62; 1942 Code Section 1118; 1932 Code Section 1118; Cr. C. ’22 Section 16; Cr. C. ’12 Section 154; Cr. C. ’02 Section 126; G. S. 2469; R. S. 126; 1880 (17) 502.