The 20th Anniversary Committee is comprised of the following current members of the Pro Bono Board.
The 20th Anniversary starts with the graduation of the Class of 1990, the first class to be exposed to the concept of pro bono in law school. In the fall of 1989 the first Pro Bono Board was selected and the goals of the Program were designed. Projects were discussed and students started volunteering in 1989 and have not stopped. Some of the original projects are still with us today, Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration, Richland County CASA and VITA. The Pro Bono Program continued to grow with each class but it really came of age in 1991 with national recognition. On May 1, 1991 the Pro Bono Program it was named the 444th Point of Light by President George H.W. Bush. This kicked off an avalanche of opportunities for exposure to new projects and resources.
The Pro Bono Program is not frozen in time. Projects change to meet the interests of the students, the needs and challenges of the communities and the resources available. It is dynamic and engaging; all because of the demonstrated and long standing commitment to pro bono by numerous USC School of Law students. We are now taking time to celebrate all these years of accomplishments and applaud the efforts of every student who has ever volunteered an hour of time while a student and every alumni who has taken that ethic of pro bono publico to heart and volunteers to serve.
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