Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services is a non-profit dedicated to serving the civil legal needs of low-income individuals & families in our community.
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Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created by the Charleston County Bar Association in 2004. Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services is actively involved in outreach throughout the Charleston community. Through our involvement with the Charleston School of Law, we work with law students to promote awareness of other community social services organizations and provide intake and advisory services to their clients. We also educate the community by providing presentations at various forums including church gatherings, senior citizen centers, immunization clinics, homeless shelters and low income housing complexes. We are a member of the Charleston Community Task Force, the Charleston County Human Services Commission and many other community based initiatives that bring services together to better serve our low-income populations. Our partnerships include the YMCA, Crisis Ministries, My Sister's House, Habitat for Humanity, the Trident Urban League, the Dee Norton Children's Center, Charleston area senior citizen centers, churches and the City of Charleston Housing Authority and Police Department.

Mission: Our mission is to facilitate pro bono service by local attorneys for the purpose of servicing the vital needs of the low income community. We do this by working with a network of local, volunteer attorneys in civil cases impacting basic subsistence issues.

Operating as usual

Woo hoo, check out former Ackerman Fellow doing big things! ⚖️
01/08/2021

Woo hoo, check out former Ackerman Fellow doing big things! ⚖️

Introducing attorney Marie Loiseau! Marie joined The Reynolds Law Firm in November 2019. Her current practice focuses on non-profit law, business, landlord-tenant law, estate administration, guardianships and conservatorships, and litigation matters.

Marie was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA where she earned a full-tuition academic scholarship. During law school, Marie served as Staff Editor on the Temple Law Review. The article she drafted during that time, “Revived Authority In Article I, Section 27 Of The Pennsylvania Constitution: The Commonwealth’s New Affirmative Duty To Protect The Atmosphere” was selected for publication and appeared in The Temple Law Review, Vol. 91.

Marie garnered experience working with various environmental groups including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. She interned with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Honorable Leonard G. Brown III., in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. She then traveled to Charleston, SC where she worked with Charleston Pro Bono Services, providing civil services for low-income clients in Charleston County.

When Marie’s not working, she serves on the Steering Committee of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and on the Heartland Humane Society Board of Directors. In her free time, Marie loves reading, hiking, exploring the coast, and taking road trips with her rescue dog, Sydney.

Born at home some 60+ years ago, Mr. Simmons was never issued a birth certificate. He was able to get his first driver's...
01/08/2021

Born at home some 60+ years ago, Mr. Simmons was never issued a birth certificate. He was able to get his first driver's license as a young man without any problems, but after years of renewals was unable to renew the license now under the new requirements of the REAL ID Act. Our office, through the strong advocacy of attorney Audrey Brown, was able to successfully prove Mr. Simmons' identity to the court to get an order for a delayed birth certificate. Earlier this week he came by our office excited to show us his official birth certificate and new driver's license! #CharlestonProBono #LegalAid #Charleston #ServingTheCommunity

The turning of the calendar from 2020 to 2021 did not reset the challenges looming for our state. Many in SC, in our ver...
01/04/2021

The turning of the calendar from 2020 to 2021 did not reset the challenges looming for our state. Many in SC, in our very community, are at risk of eviction. South Carolina rates the highest in risk for eviction in the entire United States coming in at 21.1% of renters. Learn more by reading this article by The State Newspaper published last week. #CharlestonProBono #legalaid #charleston #housingcourt

We were really excited to see this powerhouse team in the news. We've truly enjoyed working alongside Brooke, Lauren, an...
01/04/2021
Survivors of human trafficking find lifeline in task force set up to help them break free

We were really excited to see this powerhouse team in the news. We've truly enjoyed working alongside Brooke, Lauren, and Kat over the past year in trying to provide legal services to human trafficking survivors. These ladies are the real deal and we have no doubt will move mountains in the months and years to come.

The Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force brings together a near-exhaustive list of Lowcountry resources, from churches to police departments, to assist survivors as they try to rebuild stable lives.

Whew. This year. This place. These people. ⚖️
01/01/2021

Whew. This year. This place. These people. ⚖️

We are excited to announce that we will be hiring a Housing Court Attorney Coordinator!The Housing Court Committee compr...
12/30/2020

We are excited to announce that we will be hiring a Housing Court Attorney Coordinator!

The Housing Court Committee comprised of several legal aid organizations, magistrate courts, and other nonprofit partners have worked hard for two years planning and implementing the pilot program. We cannot say enough positive things about the collaborative effort undertaken by the Committee and volunteer attorneys. Our community is lucky to have organizations like Charleston Legal Access, One80 Place, and South Carolina Legal Services working together to address the legal needs.

The program has grown in size and scope and it's time to have a dedicated staff to ensure continued success.

Please see the job description and application information at:
https://www.scbar.org/careers-classifieds/charleston-county-housing-court-coordinator/

As we near the end of 2020 and get ready to close this chapter, we are ever mindful that our work is not done. The chang...
12/29/2020

As we near the end of 2020 and get ready to close this chapter, we are ever mindful that our work is not done. The changing of the calendar year will not reset the challenges that undoubtedly lay ahead. But, we remain committed to providing more meaningful access to justice and serving the legal needs in our community.

Please consider making your year-end donation to Charleston Pro Bono.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act temporary tax and stimulus provisions include allowance for individual taxpayers to claim a full deduction of both adjusted gross income and taxable income for a maximum of $300 in a cash donation to a charitable organization, regardless of whether they itemize or not.

For individual taxpayers who do itemize and for corporations making a charitable contribution, the maximum deductible amounts have increased for donations to certain charitable organizations. To claim this deduction for your 2021 Tax filing, the donation must be made on or before Thursday, December 31, 2020. Donations may be made by check, cash, or debit. You can donate on our website (https://charlestonprobono.org/donate-2/), by texting CPBLS to 44-321, or mailing a check to PO Box 1116, Charleston, SC 29402.

For more information: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/special-300-tax-deduction-helps-most-people-give-to-charity-this-year-even-if-they-dont-itemize

Trident United Way
12/24/2020

Trident United Way

With the expected drop in temperature, the City of Charleston will be opening its warming center at the Arthur W. Christopher Recreation Center (265 Fishburne St.) on Thursday (12/24) and Friday (12/25). There will be a capacity of 80 people. Admission hours are from 8pm to 11pm, and no one will be admitted before or after that time. The center will close at 7am in the morning. A dinner and a breakfast will be served. CARTA will be providing free transportation to individuals who are seeking to access the center. Additional information on local warming shelters can be found at https://www.tuw.org/Warming-Shelters.

Please encourage anyone who is feeling sick or symptomatic NOT to attend as they may not be admitted due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions. No pets are allowed.

Here is Judge Steinberg, Kamau Bell and CPBLS Housing Attorney Nicole Paluzzi from a recent visit from the team at CNN's...
12/23/2020

Here is Judge Steinberg, Kamau Bell and CPBLS Housing Attorney Nicole Paluzzi from a recent visit from the team at CNN's United Shades of America. They were speaking with families affected by housing and economic instability. Charleston Pro Bono and the Housing Court Pilot Program Committee including Charleston Legal Access, SC Legal Services, and One80 Place have received a tremendous amount of positive support on a national scale from media, other State Bars, and several access to justice programs. We are excited to have such wonderful opportunities to offer these services and inspire other programs to do the same. #CharlestonProBono #LegalAid #Law #HousingCourt #Eviction #Charleston

We are accepting applications for the 15th Annual Ackerman Fellowship Program. It is a paid Fellowship in Charleston, So...
12/22/2020

We are accepting applications for the 15th Annual Ackerman Fellowship Program. It is a paid Fellowship in Charleston, South Carolina with a 6 week or 12 week option.

We would appreciate your sharing this with anyone you think may be interested in pursuing a career in public interest law.

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package as part of a...
12/22/2020

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package as part of an omnibus federal spending bill. It included a one-month extension of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021.

Live in Charleston County and have questions? Apply for services on our website. You can speak with an attorney about your rights and how to best position yourself in the coming weeks.

Our weekly Lawyers in the Library in partnership with the Charleston County Public Library continues this week. Staff At...
12/21/2020

Our weekly Lawyers in the Library in partnership with the Charleston County Public Library continues this week. Staff Attorney Audrey Brown will discuss the REAL ID and ensuring you have the necessary documents to obtain one. Join us on Wednesday at 4 pm for a Facebook Live!

If you've missed any of our past events, they are saved under our videos.

We couldn’t think of a better way to start a Monday than popping into Meyer Vogl Gallery with Liz Fulton Morrison so she...
12/21/2020

We couldn’t think of a better way to start a Monday than popping into Meyer Vogl Gallery with Liz Fulton Morrison so she can pick out her art while we received our $500 donation. We are so incredibly appreciative. By the way, that is one of the cutest galleries - you must check it out if you haven’t been! #CharlestonProBono #LegalAid #Charleston #SupportTheArts #ChsArt

Today, our office held our annual holiday lunch. Like much of 2020, it looked a bit different. But rather than focusing ...
12/16/2020

Today, our office held our annual holiday lunch. Like much of 2020, it looked a bit different. But rather than focusing on what we couldn’t do, let’s celebrate what we could: we started a new annual tradition where staff brought in nonperishables to fill a local Blessings Box! Our help to this community extends beyond legal aid, and this year especially, I am so proud of this team. #CharlestonProBono #LegalAid #Charleston #ChsBlessingBox #SupportYourCommunity #BeKind

Thank you, Dean Cunningham, for your thoughtful and generous donation. We are incredibly appreciative! Happy and healthy...
12/14/2020

Thank you, Dean Cunningham, for your thoughtful and generous donation. We are incredibly appreciative! Happy and healthy holidays to you and yours! ✨

Holiday Cheer! We have a few #LadyJustice ornaments left. If you become a monthly donor at $20 or more, you can hang thi...
12/14/2020

Holiday Cheer! We have a few #LadyJustice ornaments left. If you become a monthly donor at $20 or more, you can hang this on your tree in time for Christmas! #CharlestonProBono #Charleston #LegalAid

STAFF HIGHLIGHT: Laura Lima // Laura joined Charleston Pro Bono in June 2020 as a Paralegal for the COVID-19 Response Te...
12/11/2020

STAFF HIGHLIGHT: Laura Lima // Laura joined Charleston Pro Bono in June 2020 as a Paralegal for the COVID-19 Response Team. She is Brazilian and a licensed Attorney in her homeland.
     
Before joining Charleston Pro Bono, Laura gathered diverse internship experiences such as 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.

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.

Last night at the Charleston County Bar Association Holiday Drop-in, we spent most of the time chatting with attorneys f...
12/09/2020

Last night at the Charleston County Bar Association Holiday Drop-in, we spent most of the time chatting with attorneys from One-Eighty Place and Charleston Legal Access.

2020 has been a busy year for legal aid and we cannot understate the importance of having the support of fellow legal aid lawyers as we all worked tirelessly to help as many in our community through this pandemic. #CharlestonProBono #LegalAid #Charleston

Today, our Housing Attorney, Nicole Paluzzi, was assisting with Housing Court at North Area 2. She was there with volunt...
12/08/2020

Today, our Housing Attorney, Nicole Paluzzi, was assisting with Housing Court at North Area 2. She was there with volunteer attorney Jeffrey Kuykendall and SCLS attorney Matt Billingsley to ensure tenants who wanted representation for their eviction hearing could have it. We also had some special guests from CNN who are filming a segment on the landscape of housing in SC. #CharlestonProBono #Charleston #HousingCourt #LegalAid

Safety first! This week our Associate Attorney met with a client to complete his estate planning documents. These docume...
12/04/2020

Safety first! This week our Associate Attorney met with a client to complete his estate planning documents. These documents cannot be done virtually as they require a notary to physically be present for execution. You’ll note they are wearing masks and we have plexiglass separating the attorney from the client. This is legal aid during a pandemic. #CharlestonProBono #Charleston #LegalAid #Community

DYK: many people assume there’s no eviction hearings happening now with the current CDC order in place, but that’s not e...
12/02/2020

DYK: many people assume there’s no eviction hearings happening now with the current CDC order in place, but that’s not entirely true. We are actually still participating in the Charleston County Housing Court Pilot Project currently operating out of 3 Courts in North Charleston and one in West Ashley. Yesterday, our Associate Attorney Cody Tettemer and pro bono attorney Brian Bevon ran Housing Court in North Area 2. #CharlestonProBono #LegalAid #Charleston #HousingCourt #Justice

It’s #givingtuesday! There’s no denying that 2020 has been a hard year for many. Through it all, we remain grateful for ...
12/01/2020

It’s #givingtuesday! There’s no denying that 2020 has been a hard year for many. Through it all, we remain grateful for the opportunity to help our clients through difficult times. Our team has helped families remain housed, created estate documents for frontline workers, and helped navigate the unemployment benefit process. This Giving Tuesday, we would appreciate any contribution you can make. It will help us continue our mission of providing better access to justice. Text CPBLS to 44-321. #supprt #legalaid #nonprofit #CharlestonProBono #Charleston #loveyourlawyer

Legal aid with a side of turkey. Today, our office in partnership with Charleston Basket Brigade provided several turkey...
11/24/2020

Legal aid with a side of turkey. Today, our office in partnership with Charleston Basket Brigade provided several turkeys to clients. Special thank you to Alex DeLuna for coordinating. #CharlestonProBono #LegalAid #GiveThanks #Thanksgiving #Charleston

Your generosity allows Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services to continue to bridge the gap that separates low-income indivi...
11/24/2020

Your generosity allows Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services to continue to bridge the gap that separates low-income individuals and families from the benefits and protections of the justice system.

You can make a huge impact by signing up for a monthly, recurring donation. Monthly gifts not only help us financially forecast but offer you the convenience of an automatic draft and the ability to budget for your generous investment in the lives of our clients.

All donors who register to give $20 or more per month will receive a first edition holiday ornament!

This CPBLS lady justice is the work of the incredibly talented Julia Deckman Studio. #charlestonprobono #legalaid #ladyjustice #charleston

Did you know? Our Staff Audrey Brown comes in early and leaves early on Friday so she can go volunteer to hold babies in...
11/20/2020

Did you know? Our Staff Audrey Brown comes in early and leaves early on Friday so she can go volunteer to hold babies in the NICU at MUSC. #CharlestonProBono #GetToKnowOurTeam #LegalAid #GivingBack #Charleston

Today we hosted a wills clinic at the Lowcountry Senior Center. Special thanks to Clare, an attorney with Epstein Law, L...
11/17/2020

Today we hosted a wills clinic at the Lowcountry Senior Center. Special thanks to Clare, an attorney with Epstein Law, LLC for volunteering her time to assist. #charlestonprobono #legalaid

Wow! What an educational and impactful CLE today! Special thank you to our presenters: Judge Harrington, Judge Forsythe,...
11/13/2020

Wow! What an educational and impactful CLE today! Special thank you to our presenters: Judge Harrington, Judge Forsythe, Jamie Schoen, and Tricia Ravenhorst. And, thank you to Trident United Way for providing the funding to make today’s event possible through a community engagement grant. #charlestonprobono #legalaid

On this Veterans Day, we’d like to pause and recognize all of the wonderful service members who selflessly served our na...
11/11/2020

On this Veterans Day, we’d like to pause and recognize all of the wonderful service members who selflessly served our nation. A special recognition for our very own staff veteran, Pam Larson, who served 5 years with the US Army. #thankyou #veteransday

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