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?

Paul D. de Holczer

What firm/organization are you working with now?
Moses Koon & Brackett, PC

What kind of pro bono or volunteer work have you been involved in?
Paul has taken on unpaid work for disadvantaged people.
Paul was Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Attorney of the Year in 2001.
Paul serves on the Board of Trustees and has served as chair of the Board of Visitors of Thornwell Home for Children, a joyful Christian community that offers hope and wholeness to children and families.
Paul was just elected to a term as a member of the Advisory Council of Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness. The Advisory Council is charged with protecting the rights of individuals with mental illness in South Carolina.

What are the main reasons why you would recommend that law students become involved in pro bono work?
The short answer is that it "feeds one's soul." The longer answer is that it nourishes an idea of self, it completes fulfillment of being someone who is good and works to make the world a better place and it responds to the expectation of a person's capability for goodness.

How would you encourage current law students to get involved with the Pro Bono program?
Hopefully, law students went to law school not only to learn to make a good living, but also for the power and ability to improve their community, the country and the world. If that is true, then pro bono work gives one the opportunity to do that.

Has pro bono work contributed to your sense of career satisfaction?

Did your experiences in the Pro Bono program at USC prepare you or benefit you in your career?

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, more of an "integration" than an "overlap."

How do pro bono efforts fit in to the work of the South Carolina Bar?
The SC Bar encourages and promotes pro bono work and does a great job identifying opportunities for pro bono work of all kinds.

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?
The bar as a whole supports pro bono work and considers it an integral part of the profession.

What is most memorable/best experience you had during your law school career through the Pro Bono program?
Working with Pam Robinson and other students and lawyers who believe in pro bono work is inspiring and rewarding in itself.

What does the 20th Anniversary of the Pro Bono program mean to you?
It means that Pro Bono Programs have the institutional support of the Law School and the Bar - and THAT means that pro bono opportunities are easier to find and easier to execute. It also means that the ideal of pro bono work is perpetuated in the profession at a time when there are enormous pressures on the profession to simply be the business of providing legal services - something the profession has historically risen above.

What is your most cherished memory with Pam?
I cannot name only one. Pam has been the embodiment of the program at USC. It is impossible to think that the program would have been anywhere as successful in her absence. It is Pam --her dedication, persistence, passion, energy and modesty -- who has made the pro bono program an inspiration to so many students.