Our Team

Charleston Pro Bono is comprised of a dedicated team of public servants. We provide critical legal services in most civil law cases. In addition to the core staff featured here, our office works closely with many attorneys in the private bar who support our mission by participating in outreach programs, volunteering with the Housing Court Program, and accepting cases for direct representation.

Audrey Brown

Staff Attorney

Audrey Brown comes to Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services from 7 years of private practice with her own law firm. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berea College, a Paralegal Certificate from Villanova University, and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal in real estate closings, wills and trusts, and estate probate. As an attorney she has handled a variety of civil legal matters, focusing primarily on family law, simple estate planning, and estate probate cases.

In law school Audrey spent a summer working for Pro Bono Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and was the Intake Initiative Program Coordinator for the law school's pro bono intake program, where law students assisted Pro Bono Legal Services of Northern Virginia in conducting their client intakes. Throughout her attorney career Audrey has volunteered with various pro bono wills clinics offered by area organizations.

Audrey is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Women Lawyer's Association, and the South Carolina Bar Family Law Section. When she is not practicing law, she enjoys volunteering in the MUSC special care nurseries, coaching middle school mock trial, and spending time with her husband and cat, and when he will indulge them, her teenage stepson.

Bar Admissions: South Carolina State Court, 2012; U.S District Court, District of South Carolina, 2019; Maine State Court, 2019

Ebony S. Clemmons

Paralegal

Ebony joined Charleston Pro Bono in September 2021 as a Paralegal providing support for two of our Staff Attorneys, including the Housing Court Program.

Check back for her full bio coming soon!

Chase M. Cooke

Housing Court Coordinating Attorney

Chase Cooke joined the team at Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services in February 2021 as the Housing Court Coordinating Attorney to assist with legal services in eviction-related issues. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Clemson University and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina
School of Law.

While in law school, Chase participated in the Constitutional Scholar’s Pipeline as well as a practice clinic where he helped represent clients in court. He also clerked for a general practice law firm located in
Columbia, SC.

Prior to joining our team, Chase worked for a community health center in New York where he kept up to date with new policies associated with the pandemic, as well as, advocated in favor of Covid-19 legislation that was necessary to ensure that underserved communities got the services they needed.

Chase is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association. He moved to Charleston in 2020 and in his
free time, you’ll likely find him walking his dog Zoe on the beach or participating in intramural sports
with friends.

Bar Admissions: South Carolina State Court, 2020

Alex DeLuna

Intake Coordinator

Alexandra joined the team at Charleston Pro Bono as Intake Coordinator in June 2019. As a native spanish-speaker, Alexandra bridges the language gap with our Hispanic population. Alexandra began her career in the non-profit sector while working at the Berkeley Prosperity Center, a one-stop resource center. Working as a Family Navigator sparked her interest in helping the underserved population. Her passion for the low-income population has led her to serve her local community, do disaster relief in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and organize clothes drives for Mexico among other things.

Alissa C. Lietzow

Executive Director

Alissa became Executive Director of Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services in January 2016. She is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of the College of Charleston and a 2010 cum laude graduate of the Charleston School of Law. Prior to joining Pro Bono Legal Services, Alissa worked for the Stuckey Law Offices for ten years with a primary focus on civil rights litigation.

While at the Charleston School of Law, whose motto is pro bono populi, she performed 145 hours of pro bono legal work and also implemented a Street Law program for students at a nearby Boys and Girls Club. Additionally, as a Past President for the Rotary Club of Charleston, she strives to exemplify Rotary’s motto of “service above self” by giving back to the local community through numerous projects.

Alissa is a 2015 graduate of the South Carolina Bar’s Leadership Academy, which serves to provide high quality leadership education to members in order to enable them to become effective leaders in the community and to serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism. Currently, Alissa serves on the Executive Committee for the James L. Petigru Inn of Court, a prestigious legal organization designed to foster relationships among its members and the legal community. Membership is by invitation only and based on demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and public service.

Bar Admissions: Supreme Court of the United States, 2014; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2010; South Carolina State Court, 2010

Nicole Paluzzi

Housing Attorney

Nicole Paluzzi joins Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services after five years of practicing law in the Upstate of South Carolina. She provides direct representation legal services in all housing-related issues within Charleston County. Nicole grew up in typical military fashion, being relocated every few years to a new base. She considers the whole beautiful State of South Carolina her true “hometown” and comes from a family of Clemson Tigers.

While in law school at the Charleston School of Law, Nicole received recognition for her Pro Bono Legal Service conducted through the 9th Judicial Circuit Family Court and with the MUSC Foundation for Research Development. Her major areas of study were Constitutional and Property Law. Nicole earned a Master of Science Degree from Clemson University contemporaneous with her law education.

Nicole is a member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and SC Bar Family Law Section. She is a Certified Family Court Mediator and Certified Guardian ad Litem.

Nicole lives in Charleston County with her spouse, child, and dog. On weekends you can find Nicole and her family enjoying the local county parks and museums.

Bar Admissions: South Carolina State Court, 2012 U.S District Court;  District of South Carolina, 2016

Anne L. Ross

Staff Attorney

Anne Ross joined the team at Charleston Pro Bono in September 2021 as a staff attorney focusing on helping survivors of human  trafficking and victim rights. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Furman University and a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Anne also has an LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law from the University of Arkansas,
where her thesis addressed U.S. and European laws governing the use and regulation of endocrine disrupting pesticides.

Prior to joining Pro Bono, Anne worked as the Director of International Policy for the Cornucopia Institute, a national consumer education and watchdog organization working to uphold the integrity of organic food supply chains. Anne’s extensive research and travels to Eastern Europe investigating fraud in global supply chains has been internationally recognized and contributed to proposals to reform federal regulations governing imported organic food. She has frequently lectured and lead trainings on fraud detection in complex supply chains.

Before pursuing her LL.M., Anne worked as a litigator for  Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd and
Nexsen Pruet where she primarily focused on business litigation and appeals. Anne is a former law clerk for retired South Carolina Supreme Court Justice, E.C. Burnett III.

When she isn’t practicing law, Anne enjoys running, playing tennis and spending time at the beach with family and friends.

Bar Admissions: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; US District Court, District of South Carolina;
South Carolina State Court.

Cody A. Tettemer

Staff Attorney

Cody Tettemer joined the team at Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services in June 2020 as an Associate Attorney handling COVID-19 related cases in Charleston County. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal in a general practice law office.

While in law school at the Charleston School of Law, Cody's major areas of study were property law and environmental law. As a participant of the Judicial Observation and Experience (JOE) Program he observed the Honorable Jan B. Bromell Holmes of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Additionally, Cody interned at Southern Current throughout the duration of his time in law school.

Cody is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association. In his free time you can find Cody walking his dog or with his nose in a book about history and politics.

Bar Admissions: South Carolina State Court, 2019

With the help of Charleston’s legal community,
Charleston Pro Bono handles over 800 cases per year.