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?

Fran Marshall

What firm/organization are you working with now?
I am the State Toxicologist with DHEC and am not practicing law at the moment.

What kind of pro bono or volunteer work have you been involved in?
Not as much as I would like to be. I am very interested in learning of any opportunities for someone with a law degree who is not actively engaged in practicing law.

What are the main reasons why you would recommend that law students become involved in pro bono work?
I really enjoyed working as a mentor to a student at Logan Elementary School while I was in law school. It kept me grounded and in touch with the real world more than I was before I signed up for it. It was truly a rewarding experience.

How would you encourage current law students to get involved with the Pro Bono program?
I would suggest that there is no better time in your life than while you are a full time student to engage in volunteer activities in the community. The Pro Bono program at USC is terrific because you provide a list of wonderful opportunities - saves the students from having to go out and indentify ways to be involved.

Has pro bono work contributed to your sense of career satisfaction?
When I was practicing, I did help out a few people, but I didn't do as much as I wish that I could have. Unfortunately, it is very challenging as a new attorney to find time to devote to anything other than the cases assigned to you and to marketing your services as an attorney to paying customers.

Did your experiences in the Pro Bono program at USC prepare you or benefit you in your career?
My experiences in the Pro Bono program at USC benefited me personally as the rewards were far greater than my investment of time/effort.

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?
Honestly, I am looking for ways to contribute more to the community, even though for the time being I am not actively engaged in the practice of law.

How do pro bono efforts fit in to the work of the South Carolina Bar?
I think that they are very important. Being a member of the SC Bar is a true privilege and we should all look for opportunities to give back to the community.

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?
I go back to my prior statement and say that there is just a lot of pressure, especially for associates just starting out to bring in money. I think that some pro bono work can give practicing attorneys some really good experience; it is just not something that receives any (enough?) emphasis.

What is most memorable/best experience you had during your law school career through the Pro Bono program?
I don't know that there is a particular moment; but each hour I spent at Logan with my student was a refreshing change from the rigors of school, clerking, etc.

What does the 20th Anniversary of the Pro Bono program mean to you?
I am extremely proud of our Pro Bono program! Pam has done such a terrific job of leading it; and the students who have chosen to participate have all been rewarded greatly. Last, but not least, members of the community have benefited from many of the services, such as the tax preparation service and many others.

What is your most cherished memory with Pam?
I love Pam's enthusiasm and positive outlook. I think she stands out because, as you know, things over the course of the three years of law school are not always so positive:. Pam was a ray of sunshine in any day that I ran into her. She was always very genuinely interested and concerned about me and my fellow students.

Congratulations on 20 GREAT years!!