South Carolina Arts Commission

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

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The purpose of S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (SCVLA) is to provide pro bono legal assistance to the arts community in South Carolina.

It is a collaboration project of the University of South Carolina School of Law’s Pro Bono Program and Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, the S.C. Arts Commission, and the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.

SCVLA is a need-based service that refers those needing legal assistance to lawyers who have agreed to donate their time. Nonprofit referrals are to the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic and some volunteer lawyers. 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.

Partner Organization Key Personnel:

  • Jaclyn A. Cherry, assistant professor of law and director of Clinical Legal Education
  • Cindy Coker, public service director, S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
  • Pamela DeFanti Robinson, director of Pro Bono Program, UofSC School of Law Pro Bono Program
  • Ce Scott-Fitts, artist services director, S.C. Arts Commission

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