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Donate – 50 for 50 2017-08-04T20:53:24+00:00

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.

We have collected $28,904.00 of our $50,000.00 target. It is 57.81% of our goal for the 50 for 50 campaign

57.81%

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

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Thank you to our most recent donors


October 21 2017
$100.00
Gale DuBose
October 12 2017
$100.00
Chandler and Dudgeon LLC
September 30 2017
$50.00
Sally Newman
September 19 2017
$50.00
Digit Matheny
September 05 2017
$100.00
Scott Bischoff
September 01 2017
$250.00
Jane Diange
September 01 2017
$300.00
Scott  Moise
September 01 2017
$100.00
Paul Thurmond
August 30 2017
$100.00
Freeman Wine LLC
August 29 2017
$250.00
Lee Strasburger
August 21 2017
$50.00
Bill  Santana
August 18 2017
$100.00
Christy  Allen
August 16 2017
$50.00
Kayce Seifert
August 14 2017
$53.00
Elizabeth Fulton
August 09 2017
$1,000.00
Edward Westbrook
August 08 2017
$500.00
David Aylor
July 24 2017
$250.00
Marie-Louise Ramsdale
July 21 2017
$25.00
Rhonda Capuano
July 21 2017
$100.00
Megan Dell
July 20 2017
$100.00
Susan Verner
July 17 2017
$1.00
Chris Majernik
May 15 2018
$100.00
Richard Hricik
May 14 2018
$50.00
Allison Bourland
December 22 2017
$100.00
Barbara Nelson
December 01 2017
$10,000.00
The Ackerman Foundation
November 21 2017
$1,000.00
Walker Gressette Freeman & Linton LLC
October 13 2017
$1,000.00
Rosen, Rosen, Hagood, LLC
October 06 2017
$5,000.00
Green Law  Firm, LLC
October 04 2017
$1,800.00
Russell & Venetia Vaughn
September 26 2017
$1,000.00
Jeffrey Roberts
September 26 2017
$1,000.00
Karl Novak
September 08 2017
$1,000.00
Stanley Baker
September 06 2017
$25.00
Marvin Feingold
August 24 2017
$200.00
Duffy & Young LLC
August 15 2017
$100.00
Armand Derfner
August 11 2017
$250.00
Dana Adkins
August 11 2017
$100.00
Anne Frances Bleecker As Memorial For Jane McLachlen Baker
August 10 2017
$50.00
Joseph Mendelsohn
August 09 2017
$100.00
James Myrick
August 07 2017
$250.00
James Klein
August 04 2017
$50.00
David Haller
July 28 2017
$500.00
John M. Bleecker, Jr.
July 28 2017
$50.00
Jimmy & Gary Stuckey As Memorial For The Honorable C. Weston Houck
July 28 2017
$250.00
Jimmy & Gary Stuckey
July 26 2017
$200.00
Francis Cornely
July 24 2017
$100.00
Taylor Long
June 16 2017
$500.00
Charleston County Bar Association
June 30 2017
$500.00
Neil Garfinkel

We’re getting closer to our goal!

  • Amount $28,904.00
  • Target $50,000.00
  • Sponsors 48