20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration Committee

20 Things You Might Not Know

20 Things You Can Do

Where are they now?

History of the Pro Bono Program

For the Good of the Order

Pro Bono Program

Where are they now?

Ben Bruner

What firm/organization are you working with now?
Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins

What kind of pro bono or volunteer work have you been involved in?
HELP Clinic, Richland County Bar Public Service Committee, Cooking BBQ

What are the main reasons why you would recommend that law students become involved in pro bono work?
Skill-building. The service you provide as a volunteer in the programs Pam has hand-selected provide student with incredible opportunities serve the community as mediators, arbitrators, advocates, counselors, and teachers. Gaining experience in these roles is crucial to enhancing an attorney's understanding the inner workings of the legal system. More importantly, this experience is crucial to becoming a persuasive advocate for your client. Because of Pam's work, graduates from USC law school have extraordinary opportunities to get a head start on building these skills.

How would you encourage current law students to get involved with the Pro Bono program?
I do encourage students to get involved, mostly by discussing all the benefits with them in person.

Has pro bono work contributed to your sense of career satisfaction?
Not sure I have a sense of career satisfaction yet, since I've only been at it for 15 months. Pro bono work doesn't add any satisfaction to my career or job; I enjoy the work I do exclusive of any volunteer work. That being said, pro bono work does add satisfaction in my personal life, as does any volunteer work I do. It has nothing to do with being an attorney; it's all about being an active member of your community.

Did your experiences in the Pro Bono program at USC prepare you or benefit you in your career?
Yes indeed. See answer to Question 5.

In your career, have you seen an overlap between your volunteer work and your sense of your own place in the community and the legal profession?
Yes. See answer to Question 7.

How do pro bono efforts fit in to the work of the South Carolina Bar?
See answer to Question 7.

What kind of perceptions, positive or negative, do you think that the bar as a whole has about attorneys who are actively involved in pro bono work?
Not sure. Not too worried about it, either.

What is most memorable/best experience you had during your law school career through the Pro Bono program?
Truancy mediator

What does the 20th Anniversary of the Pro Bono program mean to you?
It means Pam deserves a party and a big raise.

What is your most cherished memory with Pam?
Visiting between classes and finding out everything about the law school. Only bad memory of Pam: that darned Duke sticker on her car.