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 is the Executive Director for Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services. 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 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 to include Operation Warm, TUW’s Day of Caring, and the YMCA’s Y-Achievers program.
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. Additionally, she is also a member of the 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.
Alissa lives in Charleston with her husband, Chris, their children, Jackson and Alexander, and their fur-baby Brady.
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
Michael W. Harrington
Michael graduated high school when MTV still showed videos. After intervening adventures, Michael joined the US Air Force and generally had a great time travelling the world, fixing awesome airplanes and saluting random people. After leaving active duty, Michael graduated from the Bryan School of Business at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Information and Operations Management and International Business with a minor in Economics. Michael was active in the US Air Force Reserves as a technician, trainer and avionics subject matter expert until 2008, when he began studying law at the Charleston School of Law. He graduated, passed the bar, and became a father in 2011 – a busy year. Michael has since practiced extensively in family law, Veterans’ issues, landlord-tenant law, construction law, corporate contracts and employment law.
Michael is a member of the South Carolina Bar’s Legal Assistance to Military Personnel program, a past elected member of the Bar’s Committee on Military and Veteran’s Affairs, and is accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also a member of the Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley County Bar Associations.
In his rare off time he collects WWII rifles and enjoys time with his young family, quirky sports cars and cats. He has hiked the path of the Battle of the Bulge, climbed Mt. Fuji, and driven at speed on Virginia International Raceway and the Nurburgring Nordschleife. He has called the Charleston area home on and off since 1995, and currently lives in Dorchester County with his wife and daughter.
Supreme Court of the United States, 2015 Accredited by Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 2012 South Carolina State Court, 2011
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.
South Carolina State Court, 2012 U.S District Court, District of South Carolina, 2016