UW Law School Expands Pro Bono Opportunities for Students

Audience members at the Sept. 15 pro bono event

On September 15, the UW Law School's Pro Bono Program held its annual reception, featuring state Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and UW Law School Dean Margaret Raymond.

This year in particular, the program had much to celebrate. Thanks to a three-year renewable grant from Wisconsin Campus Compact's AmeriCorps VISTA program, two new staff members have been hired, plans are underway to increase student placement opportunities, and a new Pro Bono Society for participating students has been approved.

These efforts build upon the previous work of the program, led by UW Law School clinical professors Ben Kempinen and Marsha Mansfield, who created and implemented the program five years ago.

Said Ann Zimmerman, director of programming for the Pro Bono Program, "We were gratified to see so many judges, lawyers, community partners and students at the event and we have turned that enthusiasm into a number of student placements to perform civil pro bono work for under-represented community members."

To view the full slideshow of the Pro Bono reception, click here.

To learn more about the UW Law School Pro Bono Program, click here.

Submitted by UW Law News on October 12, 2011

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