Pamela DeFanti Robinson
Director of the Pro Bono Program
Pam Robinson Receives Social Justice Award
Pamela DeFanti Robinson, J.D., has been the Director of the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program for 18 years. The Pro Bono Program is a nationally recognized, academic-based volunteer program integral to the professional development of law students. It is the first voluntary pro bono program in a law school in the US. Ms. Robinson received a BA from Clemson University and a JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Ms. Robinson trains extensively on volunteer and non-profit liability issues and has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for her volunteer and management leadership. She has authored a number of articles in the area of volunteer management. She is a recipient of a SC Bar Pro Bono Program Service Award and was honored by that group with an OASIS Award- celebrating long-standing service in the pro bono arena. In 2000, she was recognized by SC Governor Jim Hodges for her leadership in volunteer management. In 2005, Ms. Robinson was named the National Volunteer Administrator of the Year by the International Association for Volunteer Administration. In 2008 she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Richland County CASA Program. Ms. Robinson is the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards for her service to children and to the indigent population in SC.
Over the years she has served in leadership roles on numerous Boards in the areas of abuse and neglect, civil liberties and access to mental health services. Ms. Robinson has been a volunteer guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children of 18 years. She is an active leader and member of the SC Bar Children's Committee, the Access to Justice Commission, the Children's Justice Act Task Force, the Richland County CASA Board of Directors, the International Journal of Volunteer Administration Board and the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Ms. Robinson is the 2008 Chair of the Association of American Law School Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, and has been a peer reviewer for the ABA Center for Pro Bono. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences on issues relating to pro bono in law schools.