Access to justice and legal services builds strong, vibrant communities.
Charleston Pro Bono serves the vital legal needs of Charleston’s economically disadvantaged. We empower people by providing aid, representation and an array of legal services that grant access to the protections and benefits of our legal system.
Every month, Charleston Pro Bono has attorneys conduct educational seminars throughout Charleston County. These programs are offered at our various nonprofit partner sites for their participants. We also host seminars at the public library open to the public. Recently, our programming transitioned to a virtual platform. Example topics include: consumer law, family law, estate planning, probate, and landlord/tenant.
The Ackerman Fellowship program is an annual clinical practice opportunity for second and third year law students. Fellows are involved in all aspects of public interest law: including outreach in low-income communities; client intake including eligibility determination and fact gathering, support of our in-house and volunteer attorneys by assisting in preparation of pro se pleadings, affidavits, and other legal documents.
Direct Service Clinics
Throughout the year, we host numerous direct service clinics where volunteer attorneys from the Charleston community prepare documents for eligible clients. We host clinics where participants can have a will, power of attorney, and healthcare power of attorney created, all at no cost. These clinics are often held in partnership with fellow nonprofit organizations such as SC VALOR, Charleston-area Senior Centers, and Habitat for Humanity.