Pro Bono Program is Seeking a Project Assistant
May 21st, 2013
The Pro Bono Program is seeking a rising 2L or 3L for a half-time (20 hrs/wk) Project Assistant (PA) position beginning in the Fall 2013 academic semester to coordinate student pro bono activities under the supervision of the Director. To learn more about the position, please click here. Applications are due by Friday, June 7, 2013.
Midwest Environmental Defense Center (MEDC) is Seeking Legal Interns
May 20th, 2013
MEDC’s mission is to protect and restore the environment, natural resources, and public health of the upper Midwest by ensuring that laws designed to protect us are applied and enforced as they were intended. MEDC is looking for two student volunteers to start on 9/1/13 and serve until the end of semester. The students will be expected to volunteer approximately 4 hours per week. For more information and how to apply please click here.
Wills For Heroes is in Need of Volunteers
The Wills for Heroes clinic on Saturday, June 1st for the Menomonee Falls Police Department is looking for volunteers. If you are able to volunteer for this event, please follow the appropriate link here to sign up. This is the last clinic they have scheduled at this time until September, but they already have a couple of clinics scheduled in the fall to keep in mind. Lean more here.
Veterans Law Center Highlighted in the the Latest Issue of the Gargoyle
May 15th, 2013
Free legal assistance for Dane County veterans became available last November, when the University of Wisconsin Law School launched its new Veterans Law Center. The center provides veterans with basic legal information, as well as guidance for civil cases. Since opening, it has served approximately sixty veterans. Read more here.
Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator Awarded the Peggy Browning Fellowship
May 3rd, 2013
Andrew Brooks, a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School and VLC Student Coordinator, has been awarded a ten-week summer fellowship by the Peggy Browning Fund. The fellowship honors law students who excel academically and who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of workers’ rights. Read more here.
DCBA Pro Bono Breakfast
May 1, 2013
UW Law Student Lia Ocasio (2L), Attorney Margaret Maroney '78, and Foley & Lardner (Brian H. Potts and Eric J. Hatchell '11, who were recognized for their work, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.) received awards for outstanding pro bono contributions at the annual Dane County Bar Association (DCBA) Pro Bono Breakfast. Read more about Lia here.
Pro Bono Program Director Ann Zimmerman and 2L Lia Ocasio
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The mission of the University of Wisconsin Law School's Pro Bono Program is to provide its students and faculty with opportunities to deliver pro bono legal services to underserved members of our community.
What is Pro Bono?
The term comes from the Latin "Pro Bono Publico," which means "for the public good."
Commitment to Excellence
The UW Law School is committed to excellence in legal education, which involves offering substantial opportunities for student participation in pro bono activities. Students who participate in the Pro Bono Program are provided with hands-on opportunities to develop professional skills under the supervision of practicing lawyers, law faculty members, and other licensed professionals while exploring the ABA's ethical standards, which state that lawyers should aspire to provide 50 hours per year of pro bono legal services to people of limited means or nonprofit organizations that serve the poor.
"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."