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pro bono and I’ve lost. And it’s really hard. But I tell
myself at the end of the day: ‘I did a good thing for
someone today. I gave them the access to the pro-
cess that everyone is entitled to. I was an advocate.’”
She feels drawn to this work because Sylvia Novin-
sky, a law school mentor, devoted her life’s work to
pro bono, and because she wants to help equalize a
system that is tough on those that need it most. “The
system is not kind to poor people. When you’re inter-
acting with people who live in poverty, things become
clear—not only their extreme hardships, but my own
unique position to be able to do something about it.”
The commercial litigation lawyer says her pro bono
caseload helps expose her to new areas of law.
“The work always brings up something new,” she
says. “The theme that runs through each of them,
though, is that the clients are typically in a bad
situation and do not have anyone to stand by them.
Whether it’s helping a mother with small children stay
in her home, or negotiating a settlement for an elderly
woman who was preyed upon by a debt-services com-
pany, or representing women in simple divorces, I have
found the cases to be meaningful because I know that
my services were meaningful to the people involved.”
In 2016, the South Carolina Bar gave Cundari its Pro
Bono Attorney of the Year Award. “It was an incredible
honor, but it only reinforced one thing for me, which is
that I’m meant to keep doing more,” she says. “I’m re-
ally a sap for the law, for the Constitution, and for our
system of justice, and I’m privileged to be a part of it.”
Her advice on pro bono for the next generation
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