In case you were not aware, October is Mizzou Law’s Pro Bono Month, and we are celebrating by presenting the Pro Bono Month speaker series, which kicked off on October 1st, when Mizzou Alum, Amy Lorenz-Moser, ’00, partner at Armstrong Teasdale in St. Louis, spoke to students about her passion in pro bono work and why law students should engage in pro bono work as law students. You never know, it can shape your practice and focus and expose you to the work you were meant to do.
Dean Wells also presented the top achiever awards to members of each class who did the most pro bono hours during Mizzou Law’s inaugural Pro Bono Program during the 2013-2014 school year. During the 2013-2014 school year, 45 students, received a Pro Bono Program Certificate and those 45 students logged 1,953 hours of pro bono service. John Whiteman logged 62 hours during his 1L year and Kristina Youmaran logged 68 hours during her 1L year. Elisha Gilmore logged a staggering 153 hours during her 2L year and Chris Dunn logged an amazing 107 hours during his 3L year.
On October 3rd, a group of students traveled to St. Louis for Exploring the Profession: St. Louis Public Interest to meet with attorneys from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. The students all had a wonderful experience meeting the attorneys in a small setting and learning more about the types of cases they each handle (the facts of which were pretty interesting).
Today, Mizzou Alum, Joshua Holmes, ’07, Staff Attorney at AIDSLaw in New Orleans, LA, will be presenting Workshop- Professionalism: Working with Clients in Poverty and/or Crisis where he will work directly with the students to teach them the skills they will need to be effective advocates for clients who are facing the toughest problems in their lives.
On October 22nd, ACS and EJLA will be co-sponsoring with the Career Development Office a Legal Aid Panel, where Michael Spillane, ’11, Staff Attorney for Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Michael Matthews, ’12, Volunteer Coordinator with Mid-Missouri Legal Services, Jim Guest, Director of the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and Stacy Schaub, Attorney with Legal Aid of Western Missouri, will speak to students about the wide ranging and important services that are provided through the 4 legal aid entities in the State of Missouri.
Further, students here at Mizzou Law, who have had the opportunity to engage in the many pro bono and public service programs while in law school will be on a Student Pro Bono Panel on Friday, October 24th (also co-sponsored with ACS and EJLA) to answer student’s questions about how to get involved and what opportunities exist.
We will then be wrapping up Mizzou Law’s Pro Bono Month on Monday, October 27th with Life of a Lawyer: Jennifer Schwendemann. Jennifer is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Husch Blackwell in St. Louis and is also the Chair of Delivery of Legal Services for the Missouri Bar Association and she will be speaking to the students about how her career path led her to pro bono work.
You can access more information about these programs by going to Symplicity and RSVP’ing or by seeing them at http://law.missouri.edu/jd/pro-bono-month/.