Charleston Pro Bono is generously supported by Charleston’s legal community.
Our core staff of attorneys work closely with CPBs volunteer attorneys.
Alissa C. Lietzow
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
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
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, previously the Office of Technology Transfer. 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. She sits on the Board of Directors for a Federally Qualified Grant Funded Healthcare Facility and is a member of the local Coordinated Community Response Team working to provided resources and awareness for the prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect.
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
Cody A. Tettemer
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.
Laura Q. L. Lima
Before joining Charleston Pro Bono, Laura was a Vetor Brasil Public Management Trainee, in the State of Maranhao, and took part in the Academic Training Program of the Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, in New York.
She has gathered diverse internship experiences in her home state of Minas Gerais, such as at the Prosecutor's Office of Diffuse and Collective rights, and the Polos de Cidadania community outreach program, with a primary focus on human rights, decent housing, public corruption, sustainable development and empowerment of underserved communities.
Laura is a Permanent Resident of the United States since August 2019 and lives in Charleston with her husband, John. When she is not at work, you can find her at the Holy City Toastmasters club meetings, at the Charleston City Market, or biking downtown.
Pamela Larson joined the team at Charleston Pro Bono in August 2020 as a staff attorney focusing on helping survivors of human trafficking and victim rights. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Human Services from the University of Phoenix, and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to law school, Pam was an Active Duty service member with the United States Army and received a Purple Heart from injuries sustained while deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2006. Upon moving to South Carolina, Pam also served as a Probation Officer in Richland County.
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
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
Bar Admissions: South Carolina State Court, 2020