Donate – 50 for 50

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This July marks the 50th Anniversary of Pro Bono Legal Services in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, we are known as Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, but we are the progeny of the former Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program (NLAP). Incorporated on July 19, 1967, NLAP served as a homegrown organization dedicated to providing free legal services to low-income residents of Charleston County. The founding Directors include some of the legal community’s best and brightest: Coming B. Gibbs, Jr., President; A. Arthur Rosenblum, Vice President; Hon. Richard E. Fields, Secretary-Treasurer; Laurence O. Stoney, Trustee; Joseph H. McGee, Jr., Trustee; I. M. Goldberg, Trustee; and Hon. Bernard R. Fielding, Trustee.  It was through the compassion and dedication to public service of these founding Directors that we can now celebrate and reflect on fifty years of success!

NLAP, first operated out of an office on Spring Street and eventually moved to an office on upper King Street. Thousands of clients were served throughout the years. In early 2000, the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C., and funder of NLAP, moved to consolidate services throughout every state. A group of lawyers associated with NLAP saw the need for maintaining access to direct legal services for the community, by the community. This same group of dedicated legal advocates established Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services. Special thanks to attorney and then Charleston County Bar Association President, Mark Tanenbaum, for his support in the creation of a county-bar sponsored legal service organization. Charleston Pro Bono was incorporated in 2004 and first opened its doors in 2005.

Today, Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing the legal services necessary to maintain the basic needs of low-income children, families, and individuals in our community. Charleston Pro Bono harnesses both the goodwill of the legal community and the volunteerism of students at Charleston School of Law. Operating with a staff of three – an Executive Director, Staff Attorney, and Paralegal – Charleston Pro Bono manages more than 400 volunteer attorneys and received almost 2,000 requests for services last year!

Through our unique service delivery strategy, Charleston Pro Bono offers various degrees of legal services tailored to meet the needs of our clients and best engage volunteers. We empower clients by providing aid in drafting legal documents, giving them free legal advice and counsel in our office, and often matching them with volunteer attorneys in the Charleston area.

Thank you to the public servants and who started this pro bono initiative 50 years ago, our Board of Directors and Trustees, our volunteer attorneys and law students, our donors, and all who continue to support our efforts so that we may continue to serve the Charleston community.

On Tuesday, July 11, City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg issued a Proclamation declaring July 19, 2017 as Pro Bono Legal Services Day! It also marks the kick off for our 50 for 50 Campaign where we are raising $50,000 in honor of 50 years of public service! Please join our efforts and consider contributing to our FIFTY FOR FIFTY campaign!

Special thank you to local artist Julia Deckman for the commissioned piece in honor of our 50th anniversary.  Please visit her site, byjdeckman.com to view more of her work.

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Thank you so much for your commitment to the local community.

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Thank you to our most recent donors

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We’re getting closer to our goal!

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