Upcoming Events and Training
Wills for Heroes Clinics
Through the Wisconsin Wills for Heroes Program, volunteer lawyers, students and support personnel participate in clinics scheduled for first responder organizations around the state. At these events, volunteer lawyers and students prepare wills and other estate planning documents free of charge for eligible first responders and their spouses or domestic partners.
Interested students should sign up as a witness for upcoming clinics online. Students should register on the event as witnesses for the morning, afternoon, or both. Any student who is a notary public in Wisconsin may sign up as either a notary or a witness.
Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Training
The mission of Dane County CASA is to be an independent voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the Dane County Court System. CASA does this by training, supporting and supervising community-based volunteers who advocate for these children in the community and in the courts with the goal of establishing them in safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.
Law student volunteer advocates will meet weekly with families with children under a CHIPS, JIPS or delinquency order. Students will write reports for social workers, guardians at litem, attorneys and judges on the family’s progress and appear in court to advocate for the best interest of the child. CASA is particularly in need of male volunteers to meet a growing demand in cases involving boys and young men.
CASA will be holding their spring volunteer training on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the City-County Building, located at 210 Martin Luther King Drive, Suite 321. All dates are required and are as follows:
- March 11
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
"The Pro Bono Program is an excellent resource available to the
students here at the University of Wisconsin. It provided me with a
great opportunity to obtain real world experience beyond the lessons
learned in the classroom, writing memos, reviewing expert testimony,
providing research in a capital case, and assisting valued members of
the community to prepare their wills. This can be especially helpful to
students who do not have time outside of school and family to pursue a
full-time internship. A key part of our role as future lawyers is to
help people, and the Pro Bono Program helps you do just that."