Wisconsin Women in Law
May 15th, 2013
As alumna Tammy Baldwin, the state’s first female U.S. senator, returns to Washington, D.C., we pay tribute to our long tradition of pioneers who have blazed a trail for Wisconsin women in the legal profession. Six women are profiled — from our first female graduate to our first female dean. 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
Pro Bono Program Advisor wins Clinical Teacher of the Year Award
April 17th, 2013
Prof. Ben Kempinen (pictured below) has been named the Law School's 2012 Clinical Teacher of the Year. A member of the Law School’s clinical faculty since 1976, Kempinen has directed the Frank J. Remington Center's Prosecution Project since August 2000. He is also one of the Pro Bono Program faculty advisors.
For more Pro Bono Program news items, visit our News page here.
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."