Congratulations December 2014 Graduates!
We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
Upcoming Events and Trainings
***Remember, you must complete the online Ethics Course prior to to commencing training for, or volunteering at, your placement. Any hours you may have earned prior to completing the ethics course cannot be counted toward Pro Bono Society membership. Details about the requirement and the course itself can be found here.
State Public Defender Opportunity
Deputy State Public Defender, Mike Tobin, is looking for a student to assist with the researching, writing, and editing for the annual update of the treatise on Wisconsin Criminal Practice and Procedure and to administer a client satisfaction survey. The SPD Office is located at 315 N. Henry Street; however, most of the work can be done offsite and conveyed electronically. The student will be expected to work approximately 4-6 hours per week beginning on January 9, 2015 and ending on May 1, 2015.
The ideal candidate will be a 2L or 3L with experience on a law journal or similar legal writing experience. Please send a cover letter and resume to Mike Tobin at email@example.com.
CLE Presentation Opportunity
The Pro Bono Program is looking for 3 students to collaborate on creating a detailed CLE presentation about best practices in pro bono representation for attorneys and judges to present around Wisconsin. This project will take place during the Spring Semester with each student devoting approximately 20-25 hours. Every three weeks there will be a meeting with supervising attorney Laura Smythe, otherwise communication will be through email. The initial meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, January 26. The presentation is due on Monday, April 20 with a submission to the Board of Bar Examiners soon thereafter.
We are looking for 2Ls or 3Ls who have contributed at least 10 hours of pro bono service. To apply please send a paragraph of interest and a short explanation of your pro bono service to Laura Smythe at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on Monday, January 26.
Western District of Wisconsin Pro Bono Opportunity
The UW Law School Pro Bono Program and the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association Pro Bono Committee are pleased to announce a new opportunity for students. Starting January 2015, students can sign up to be matched with an attorney who is working on a pro bono case in the Western District of Wisconsin.
The majority of these cases are inmate civil suits against the state and its employees alleging deliberate indifference and excessive force. Attorneys are looking for students who are interested in this type of work and in seeing how things are done behind the scenes since federal cases do not have many hearings. Student participation will vary depending on the needs of the attorney. Students may work with the attorney for the duration of a case, a small portion of the case, or for just a specific project, such as pulling together jury instructions, doing legal research and drafting memos, or helping with depositions.
Please contact Amanda at email@example.com if you are interested in this opportunity and stay tuned for more information!
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 register as witnesses for the morning, afternoon, or both. Students who are notaries in Wisconsin may register for either a notary or witness slot.
Racine Police Department
Saturday, October 25
9 am to 4 pm
Madison Police Department
Saturday, November 8
9 am to 4 pm
"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."