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New Group Provides Free Legal Support to South Carolina Artists and Arts Organizations
Oct. 19, 2010
Director, Pro Bono Program
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Artists and arts organizations in South Carolina have a new resource for legal assistance. The South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a need-based online service that provides pro bono assistance to the arts community. The resource is available at SCvolunteerlawyersforthearts.org.
The SCVLA, a project of the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program, the USC School of Law Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, the S.C. Arts Commission and the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, refers those needing legal assistance to lawyers who have agreed to donate their time.
“Artists and others in the community often have unique needs and issues when they seek legal assistance,” said Ken May, executive director of the S.C. Arts Commission. “We’re proud that this collaboration has come to fruition and is now providing the South Carolina arts community with this valuable service.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Law School to expand its relationship with the communities surrounding it. Building on our nationally renown pro bono program, this new venture will allow even more students to learn the value of service to their community while, at the same time, acquiring skills that will make them better lawyers in the future.” said Walter F. Pratt, Jr., dean of the USC School of Law.
The service uses an online application system to gather facts from artists and arts organizations to match them with appropriate legal representation. SCVLA, which utilizes a program that operates on an academic schedule, cannot assign an attorney to a specific client, nor can it assist all clients. Some clients may be referred to an attorney outside the program.
Artists and arts organizations seeking legal advice, or lawyers interested in volunteering their service, can visit SCvolunteerlawyersforthearts.org, to complete an online application.
About S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts:
S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (SCVLA) is a collaboration project of the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program, the USC School of Law Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, the S.C. Arts Commission and the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program. The purpose of the group is to provide pro bono legal assistance to the arts community in South Carolina. For more information, visit SCvolunteerlawyersforthearts.org