During the first year of Mizzou Law’s new Pro Bono Certificate Program, many opportunities were made available to students.
For Pro Bono Month in October, Mid-Missouri Legal Services co-sponsored two clinics: the Uncontested Divorce Clinic and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Clinic. Two student organizations, Equal Justice Law Association and Lambda Legal, planned week-long trips over winter break to New Orleans to assist Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and AIDSLAW.
During Spring Break, Legal Services of Southern Missouri’s Rolla office co-sponsored an Estate Planning Clinic in Salem, Mo., for the citizens of Dent County. The law school’s Office of Career Development also partnered with large law firms in St. Louis and Kansas City to offer an alternative spring break that allowed Mizzou Law students to work with experienced attorneys on pro bono projects during the week.
In addition, several student organizations worked with Career Development to initiate projects for their members. The Tax Law Society started two on-going projects: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and the Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program. The Women’s Law Association partnered with Legal Services of Southern Missouri’s Springfield office to create and participate in an educational program for victims of domestic violence. Phi Alpha Delta worked with Samaritan Center in Jefferson City, Mo., to provide intake and assistance.
Other projects have offered to law students, including opportunities to assist at the MU Student Legal Services Office, developing non-profit status for a new elementary school in town and helping student organizations obtain tax-exempt status.
Mizzou Law students stepped forward this year to provide service to their community, logging 1,962 hours in total during the 2013-2014 academic year.