Continued: Pro Bono
Ruth Hindman, current president of the program’s student board, has worked with the Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration Program, a diversionary program for first-offense teens that allows them the opportunity to clear their records.
“I came to law school because I wanted to help people,” she said. “I don’t want to lose that focus, and being involved (in the program) has helped me.”
Staying involved is a common theme with alumni who have gone through the Pro Bono Program and connected with Robinson’s enthusiasm.
Tanya Gee (‘02), clerk of court for the South Carolina Court of Appeals, participates in a number of pro bono projects through the South Carolina Bar, including the children’s book drive; the National Child Identification Program; and the Cinderella Project, in which gently worn formal gowns and shoes are collected and donated to disadvantaged high-school students. At the court, she works on fundraisers for Harvest Hope Food Bank and the March of Dimes, and she has written an appellate guidebook for self-represented litigants.
“There’s something about tutoring at an elementary school together or bagging toiletries for battered women together that helps forge long-lasting friendships,” she said. “That type of networking is so much more powerful than a handshake and hello. The program helps remind law students of how we can use our resources and gifts to help others.”
For Andrew Chandler (‘01), the Pro Bono Program was like a second home. His upbringing was filled with lessons of the importance of community service, instilled in him and his four siblings by his military dad and nurse mom. Before law school, he did a two-year stint with the Peace Corps.