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Statement of James R. Silkenat, President, American Bar Association re: DOL clarification on pro bono internships

Statement of James R. Silkenat, President, American Bar Association re: DOL clarification on pro bono internships

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 16, 2013 — The American Bar Association appreciates the Department of Labor’s statement that law students may work as unpaid interns on pro bono matters at for-profit law firms.

This clarification will assist law students seeking to gain legal experience and increase their volunteerism. It also will ensure law firms can continue to help the many people in need of legal assistance through pro bono efforts.

The DOL letter is available here.

(Media contact: Robert.Boisseau@americanbar.org)

Please click here for a biography and photo of James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association.

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