During Mizzou Law’s Pro Bono Month, Mid-Missouri Legal Services and the Career Development Office team up to offer two clinics. This is the third year in a row this opportunity has been offered to students to work directly with clients in the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and the Uncontested Divorce Clinics.
The Clinics are run on Fridays during the month of October. Rule 13 students sign up to participate and select the day and time. The Power of Attorney Clinics are run at three locations:
- Oak Towers, a senior housing facility in Columbia, MO
- The Fulton Senior Center in Fulton, MO
- The Clarke Senior Center in Jefferson City, MO
Students volunteer to man a table the week before the clinics in both Fulton and Jefferson City to talk with seniors and explain what the clinic is and why they might want to consider attending. An Attorney from Mid-Missouri Legal Services then gives a presentation on the day of the clinic to further explain what a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care provides and why someone would want to have one in place. Each student then works with a client to fill-out the form, supervised by the attorney. Four Mizzou Law students participated this October.
The Uncontested Divorce Clinic is run every Friday afternoon at the office of Mid-Missouri Legal Services. Students assist registered clients fill out the Pro Se form and explain the process for presenting the form in court. The five students who are participating will then have the opportunity to continue to volunteer throughout the year. The hours the student spends may be log into the Pro Bono section of Symplicity and will be counted towards the Pro Bono Certificate of Recognition.