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Juvenile Reentry Project

This a special civil project of the Richland County Pubic Defender’s office with a goal of seeking solutions to the barriers that face juvenile offenders reentering society after release from the SC Department of Juvenile Justice or completion of court sanctions. Efforts include seeking expungements, developing Individual Education Plans and other creative solutions. Law students will work with the attorney reviewing records, screening clients and assisting with special events.

Training: On the job

Purpose of Pro Bono Opportunity

  • To provide opportunities for law students to work along side attorneys and clients
  • To provide skills development for law students
  • To build awareness of the issues and barriers confronting juvenile offenders

Requirements or Qualifications

Law students must:

  • be a good academic standing
  • complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  • have an interest in serving the juvenile population

Responsibilities of the Project

The Richland County public defender — juvenile reentry lawyer must:

  • agree to properly supervise the work of the law student
  • provide clear and timely instructions
  • seek opportunities to expose the students to various tasks
  • provide feedback when possible.

Responsibilities of the Students

The students must:

  • communicate effectively and efficiently with the Public Defender’s office and the supervising attorney
  • complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  • seek assistance when needed
  • perform duties professionally
  • treat this volunteer opportunity as if it was a paying or for-credit position

Skills Opportunities

The following Core Skills may be associated with this particular volunteer opportunity. Not all tasks will contain all of these skills. See the complete Core Competencies & Skills Inventory for more details.

  • Core Skill: Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • Core Skill: Writing Skills
  • Core Skill: General Research Skills
  • Core Skill: Critical Reading Abilities
  • Core Skills: Professionalism