S.C. Bar to recognize Pro Bono Award winner

March 12, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 12, 2013) — The S.C. Bar will bestow the 2013 Pro Bono Award upon Jason Scott Luck of Charleston for his contributions to meeting the civil legal needs of citizens who cannot afford the services of an attorney. The award will be presented at the S.C. Bar Foundation Gala March 22, at 8:30 p.m., at the Columbia Marriott Hotel.

Mr. Luck, an attorney with Seibels Law Firm, PA, earned his Bachelor of Science in 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 2005. He is a trial and appellate attorney at various levels of both state and federal courts and is a frequent lecturer in university classes and continuing legal education seminars. In 2009, Luck assumed the defense of an indigent father in a termination of parental rights (TPR) action. The Family Court ultimately sided with the plaintiff, a decision that Luck appealed to the S.C. Supreme Court in 2011. On Oct. 3, 2011, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the Family Court and directed that the father be reunited with his daughter after nearly four years of separation.

“Mr. Luck’s commitment to this case was exceptional,” said Beth Palmer, attorney with Rosen Rosen and Hagood, LLC in Charleston, and Luck’s nominator. “He devoted more than 200 hours to the actions, the appeal of TPR and subsequent proceedings before the Family Court … with no hope of compensation.”

This case has seen wide application in the Family Court and has already been cited by American Jurisprudence in Trials and American Jurisprudence: Proof of Facts. Mr. Luck has since advised many attorneys on handling TPR trials and appeals, and has presented the S.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education seminar, Representing Parents in DSS Abuse and Neglect Proceedings.

“Jason is an attorney of great character with a heart for helping others,” said Angie Kohel, Legal Services Manager for CASA. “While I am sure his clients are very grateful for his help… I want him to know that his colleagues are also grateful.”

The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Award is presented annually to a lawyer(s) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. These services ensure that representation is provided to individuals and families in need of free civil legal assistance.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.