Konduros Public Service Fellows begin summer work for third year

Clarissa Guerrero (far right) is spending her summer working for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. Here she is pictured with communications director Felicia Snider and keynote speaker Kelly Simmons III at the Dads2Grads event.

The University of South Carolina School of Law is pleased to announce that the 2017 Konduros Public Service Fellows have been selected and are already engaged in pursuing creative solutions to some of South Carolina’s most challenging legal issues.

For the third year in a row, qualified first and second-year law students have been placed with public interest organizations, government entities, or non-profits to work alongside them for the summer. The ideal fellow desires to make public service a career.

The fellowship is made possible by 1954 alumnus Jim Konduros, who credits the law school for helping him develop the strategic thinking and counseling skills that guided him through a rewarding career that included working with U.S. Senator Olin Johnston and Governor. Robert E. McNair, advising major companies and serving as counsel to a hospital system CEO and leading several nonprofit organizations.

This year’s students have been placed in positions across the state. Rising second-year students Rebekah Spannagel and Clarissa Guerrero are working at Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Greenville, and the SC Center for Fathers and Families, respectively. Lashawnda Woods-Roberts, a rising-third-year student is spending her summer working at the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia. Another rising third-year student, Sarah Efird is working at Richland County CASA. Walker Berry, 3L, is working at the SC Center for Heirs Property in Charleston.