Pro Bono: Making the Choice to Make an Impact
From humble beginnings to the law firm we've become, we remain devoted to helping our communities thrive.
The attorneys of Nexsen Pruet have long understood the importance of choosing to support the communities where we live and work. It is a commitment that dates back to our early years, when Julian Nexsen, for whom our law firm is named, provided legal services free of charge to a wide range of charitable and nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.
Today, we proudly carry on this rich tradition of assisting those who may have limited means to hire legal counsel or may be facing insurmountable obstacles as they seek access to justice.
Our attorneys provide pro bono services to citizens throughout the Carolinas and to organizations dedicated to delivering legal services to those less fortunate. We aim to identify pro bono clients who have both great need and who are most likely to benefit from our capabilities and experience. Cases and matters span a wide range of practice areas and are handled by teams from all eight firm locations.
Nexsen Pruet’s Pro Bono Committee reviews and approves all pro bono work to ensure it reflects firm policies and goals, while representing meaningful, powerful, and enduring opportunities to serve.
Here are a few examples of how our attorneys are making the choice to make an impact:
- William Floyd, a member of the firm's Employment and Labor Law Group, leads the South Carolina State Guard JAG whose mission includes: supplementing the S.C. National Guard's JAG; providing legal advice to approximately 50 family support groups of the S.C. National Guard; providing legal advice to the S.C. State Guard command; assisting the Army JAG at Fort Jackson; supporting the S.C. National Guard during natural or man-made disasters; and helping veterans at the VA.
- Columbia litigation partner Marc Manos has helped SC non-profit Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. located in Chapin, SC, negotiate with a retailer for distribution of a software program. The software program helps spot grade level deficits in elementary, middle school and high school and actually prepares a plan for how to improve them. The non-profit has helped turn around underperforming districts or schools in Alabama, Arkansas and Indiana.
- Charleston Corporate Compliance Attorney Devon Riley serves as pro bono counsel for a subsidiary of the Special Olympics to draft policies and procedures for handling reports and suspicions of sexual abuse of athletes, consistent with mandatory reporting laws and the mission of the Special Olympics. She also provides counsel when such reports are made by overseeing the internal investigation, and coordinating efforts with law enforcement, to the extent they are involved.
- David Robinson, attorney in Nexsen Pruet’s Raleigh office, was named 2014 Flag Day Volunteer of the Year by the Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina – CARES. In recognition of the honor, he was presented the “Flag Patch Plaque” – so-called because it contains a real U.S. Army Flag Shoulder Patch worn in combat in Iraq. Robinson, on behalf of firm pro bono client Veterans Leadership Council, closed the largest HUD Community Development Block Grant ever awarded in NC. The proceeds are being used to renovate a large complex in Butner, NC for use as a transitional housing and treatment facility for homeless veterans and their families. The public-private partnership Robinson created includes VLC, the Town of Butner, the NC Department of Commerce, HUD, the VA, the NC Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center, DHHS, and several area Universities and private treatment facilities.
- Jim Rourke, a member of the firm’s Tax Practice Group and a Captain in the South Carolina National Guard, works with the Guard’s family support groups to provide tax-related assistance to veterans and their families during and after deployments.
- Charleston litigation partner Bruce Wallace recently served as pro bono counsel to argue a motion to amend a criminal sentence in US District Court. Based on medical evidence supporting an amended sentence that did not include imprisonment, the Court amended the defendant’s sentence to time served and tailored conditions for supervised release, including specific medical treatment and counseling. Bruce also volunteers as a mentor for the US Probation Office’s federal drug court known as the Bridge Program.