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SOAR Last Call for Volunteers

The inaugural team of law students and lawyers is almost full. We have room for 2 more law students. SOAR is a program sponsored by the Social Security Administration to help those who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless and have a mental or physical illness.  Volunteers will interview carefully screened clients, prepare the medical summary and submit the application. Volunteer lawyers will be part of the team for supervision and problem solving.

This project is a collaboration of the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program, the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the SC Department of Mental Health and the SOAR Technical Assistance team.

Orientation dates are Oct. 6,20 and 27. Online course will be taken in Nov./Dec. ( about 20 hours to complete) Volunteer work will start in Jan. Once the application is filed, the volunteer task is complete. Just a matter of waiting to hear from the SSA. Typical SOAR cases get a positive response in 90 days as opposed to the usual 2 years.

This is a unique opportunity with skills that easily transfer to many areas of the law. If you are interested in becoming an inaugural volunteer contact the Pro Bono Program TODAY.