List of Responding Schools
A number of Albany Law faculty are involved in pro bono work and in many instances work closely with student pro bono interns. The following is a sampling of faculty involvement by interest area:
Professors Ray Brescia and Connie Mayer: Poverty Law
Professor Laurie Shanks: Criminal Defense
Professor Joe Connors, Alexandria Harrington and Alicia Ouellette: Health Law
Professor Mary Lynch and Professor Melissa Breger: Domestic Violence and Family Law
Professor David Pratt and Danschera Cords: Tax Law
Elizabeth Renuart: Consumer Law
Keith Hirokawa: Environmental law
Steven Gottlieb and Vincent Bonventre: Supreme Court Practice and Civil Rights
Professor Paul Finkelman: Native American Indian Law
Professors Donna Young, Paul Finkelman and Christian Sundquist: Race and the Law
Peter Halewood: International Law
Professors Nancy Ota and Stephen Clark: LGBT Law
Professor Pratt: Succession and Probate Law
The Free Private Attorney Student Support (FreePASS) program offers an opportunity for students to provide direct assistance to an attorney by researching law, drafting documents, or writing legal briefs for a portion of the attorney's pro bono case. By completing a portion of an attorney's pro bono case students enable attorneys to take on more pro bono cases, thereby increasing the availability of pro bono legal services in the community.
The tenure policy of American University, Washington College of Law encourages and recognizes faculty contributions to the community, including all pro bono work.
Faculty members serve as advisors to every student organization. The faculty Public Interest Committee also provides advice and support for the Pro Bono Honors Pledge program.
The Marshall-Brennan program, the clinics, and our myriad human rights, women's rights programs and centers and other initiatives at the law school are all directed by faculty members. Though many have academic components, much of the work done through these offices and programs is pro bono and has significant faculty involvement.
ASL's Faculty Personnel Policies provide that faculty evaluation and promotion shall include review of "the faculty member's service to the School, the legal profession, and the community at large. This shall include the level of participation in the School's community service program as well as other service activities." The criteria used in tenure decisions include "dedicated service to the School, the profession, and the community at large." All faculty members participate in a variety of community service projects.
The policies for Tenure and review state that "the College of Law expects its faculty to be of service to the College, to the university, to legal education, to the legal profession, and to the community."Public interest litigation is listed as a specific example.
1. Veterans' Assistance Clinic
Beginning last fall, Baylor has been offering a pro bono legal clinic to a deserving and underserved segment of our community, our veterans. With 19,000 veterans residing in McLennan County (which is adjacent to Fort Hood, the largest U.S. Army installation in the world), there is need to provide pro bono legal services to this deserving segment of our population.
Each monthly clinic begins with a 30-minute educational topic ranging from landlord/tenant relationship issues to veterans' benefits to the importance of having a will. Following the 30-minute session, veterans who have current legal problems can meet with a law student and volunteer attorney for a brief advice and counsel session. Some problems may simply require advice and a plan of action, while others may require the opening of a file. If there will be an ongoing legal matter, the clinic seeks a volunteer attorney willing to take on representation of the client, who will then partner with a law student to work on the case.
In addition to the monthly advice and counsel clinics, the clinic also provides a special program on Veterans Day. Annually, in conjunction with Veterans Day, Baylor Law offers veterans a Saturday clinic for preparation of wills, powers of attorney and directives to physicians.
2. Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Immigration Clinic
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own may qualify for deportation relief. Baylor established a Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Immigration Clinic to assist qualified individuals with the application process. This effort began on August 29, 2012, by hosting Catholic Charities as it provided information about the DACA application process and performed free screenings for potential applicants. Over 150 members of the Central Texas community were counseled by lawyers and/or BIA certified advisors on the DACA application process. Those who met the initial screening requirements for the DACA application process were scheduled for further assistance at the clinic in September and October.
We believe this clinic will serve as the foundation of an ongoing immigration clinic that will assist local members of the central Texas community with other immigration-related matters. Further, the clinic will also expand its activities to include any new programs that are created by current congressional immigration reform efforts.
3. Pro Bono Litigation Team
Our pro bono litigation team has been designed to accommodate and work with our unique Baylor Law quarter system and our rigorous and time-consuming third-year Practice Court program. Teams of student volunteers are enlisted, ranging from third-quarter students through graduates (who then rotate off the team), with the expectation that the team will consist of approximately nine students at any given time, and of varying experience. Student team members take on increasing responsibility for briefing as they progress through law school, and post-Practice Court team members are given the opportunity to participate (under the supervision of the attorney leader of the team) in any court proceedings that might arise. The team is supervised by Professor Jim Wren, as the licensed attorney, and administrative duties are handled by a full-time staff member, Stephen Rispoli, who is also a licensed attorney.
In addition, pro bono legal services in the past have been provided to deserving individuals on a limited basis. Individual faculty members and volunteer local lawyers accepted pro bono cases or matters enlisting students to assist with those matters.
4. Pro Bono Transaction Team
Due to the success of the pro bono litigation team, Baylor has begun developing a pro bono transaction team. Much like the litigation team, the transaction team will be comprised of students in their 2L and 3L years, and have decided to concentrate in areas related to transaction work. The team will be supervised by Professor Bridget Fuselier for all real property related matters, Professor Elizabeth Miller for all business planning and drafting related matters, and Professor Thomas Featherston for all probate related matters. The team will be assisted in all administrative duties by Stephen Rispoli.
5. People's Law School
Free and open to the public, the People's Law School ("PLS") offers a half-day curriculum featuring volunteer attorneys and legal experts who teach courses designed to educate members of the community about their legal rights and to make the law "user friendly." This has become an annual event sponsored by Baylor Law School and other organizations for the benefit of the Central Texas community. Participants chose up to three courses from the eighteen, hour-long courses offered. The courses focused on useful issues such as consumer rights, small businesses, landlord/tenant rights, the Affordable Care Act, veterans' rights, wills, elder law, employment law, and family law. In addition to the courses, attendees received a copy of the book Know Your Rights, written by consumer law expert, Richard Alderman.
Some faculty and administrators independently perform pro bono work.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy, but faculty members engage in pro bono projects each year. Students may assist faculty members with these projects which may take the form of research and publication. Every year, a faculty member who has engaged in substantial pro bono work is honored by being presented with a pro bono award.
Brooklyn Law School does not have a faculty pro bono policy, but many faculty participate in programs in various contexts. Some participate in programs with the High School for Law and Justice, others are active through service as directors on the boards of non-profit organizations, bar association committee work, writing on topics of importance in the public interest arena, or providing services as counsel to non-profit organizations. More about the faculty can be viewed at http://www.brooklaw.edu/faculty/.
There is presently no mandatory faculty pro bono requirement.
The current law school Faculty Handbook includes as an element for evaluating faculty members for advancement in rank for service to the University, the School of Law, the Bar and the general community.
Each student organization has a faculty advisor.
Currently, law school faculty are evaluated on their annual service to the University, the School of Law, the Bar and the general community.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy, but the law school from time to time conducts a survey of the faculty to gather information about pro bono service. Many faculty members participate in pro bono in different contexts, including direct representation of individuals and non-profit organizations, service on boards of non-profit organizations, and leadership roles within the bar.
Faculty must complete 30 hours of pro bono work every three years.
Faculty Members are encouraged to pursue Pro Bono work in the community and are evaluated on service as part of their annual review. Annually, an Access to Justice Faculty Award is presented to a Faculty member who best exemplifies the pro bono ethic of the legal profession through personal service and through engaging students in service, teaching them the importance of the professions obligation to meet the unmet legal needs of the poor and disadvantaged.
The CUNY Law faculty is made up of public interest practitioners and scholars most of whom who actively engage in pro bono activities. Among them and affiliations are: Franklin Siegel and Rhonda Copelon (Center for Constitutional Rights); Sameer Ashar and Shirley Lung (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund).
Faculty members supervise some group pro bono projects.
There is not a formal faculty pro bono policy, but the annual report of the faculty to the Dean of the Law School includes a request for information about pro bono service.
Several of the in-house projects are supervised by faculty or administrators. In addition, students often assist faculty members with their pro bono projects, which often take the form of research and publication.
Concordia Law’s mission and vision includes the on-going commitment to the community. Together we strive to be a place of excellence while combining our love for learning and service to our community. As such, service to the community is a required component for all faculty and staff members of Concordia Law, and is taken into account in annual reviews and decisions for promotion and tenure.
Faculty who are members of the New York State Bar provide free legal advice to guests at Loaves and Fishes, the local soup kitchen.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Faculty and administrators serve as advisors to student organizations and regularly participate in the Law School’s annual Service Day.
No pro bono requirement exists for faculty. Many, however, are involved in a variety of pro bono projects including: leadership with local social service-oriented agencies, immigration/asylumcasework and human rights projects.
Many faculty participate in pro bono work during the academic year; however, the hours are not tracked by the Law School. For instance, Professor James Albert established the James Arthur Albert Foundation that assists refugees in Belize. Professor David McCord is a Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award winner and an Iowa Governor's Public Service Award winner. Russell Lovell has the following public service and pro bono honors: Excellence in Service Award, Iowa Legal Aid, Foot Soldiers in the Sand Award, National NAACP Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Trailblazer Award, NAACP 10-State West Central U.S. Region IV, 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, President's Award for Individual Community Service, Des Moines NAACP, "Rose" from DES MOINES REGISTER editorial board, for public service contributions; counsel of record, 14 reported civil rights cases, including desegregation of Indiana State Police and Des Moines Fire departments; set U.S. Supreme Court precedent in the Kansas City school desegregation that will encourage private attorneys to provide representation in civil rights cases to individuals who otherwise cannot afford an attorney; Madelyn Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award, Drake University
Currently there is no faculty pro bono requirement.
The policy is embedded in the annual personnel review questionnaire sent by the Dean to all tenure and tenure-track faculty each year. Two parts of the questionnaire address community service, and one addresses pro bono specifically:
III. Contribution to the Law School Community 1.) Note any extraordinary service you have performed or are performing in the course of these assignments for this academic year (i.e., beyond Law School committee assignments). 2.) Describe any other activities in which you have engaged that benefit the larger Law School community (e.g., service on a mentoring committee; advice to a student organization; participation in Dedicated to Durham; involvement in student-initiated conferences, panels, or special events; other contributions to the intellectual life of students;. Question IV.1. Professional Service -- Describe any service you have performed to the public and/or the legal profession (e.g., work with professional associations; service on boards of directors; service to public interest organizations; pro bono legal services).
Faculty evaluation and promotion includes review of the faculty member's service to the School, the legal profession, and the community at large.
There is not a formal faculty pro bono policy, but faculty engage in in a diverse range of pro bono work addressing issues related to the environment, children's rights, housing and assistance to veterans. For a complete listing of our faculty bios, please visit http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles.html.
The school has a formal policy recommending that full-time faculty members engage in law-related pro bono work annually. Pro bono activities are considered when tenure decisions are being made, and professors are required to report this information on an annual basis.
In 1995, Fordham adopted guidelines for faculty pro bono involvement. It is suggested that members of faculty should volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono work annually, as suggested by the ABA. The guidelines stated the law school should encourage and support pro bono work by the faculty and successful implementation of this should include recognition, administrative support, conferences and faculty colloquia, summer pro bono work and leaves of absences. Successful implementation of this policy has created new opportunities for using students in research assistance, pro bono projects, independent study, and course offerings supporting pro bono work.
The Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) hosts an annual reception to recognize the public interest and pro bono accomplishments of students and student groups. At the reception, students who have performed exemplary public interest or pro bono service are identified through nominations from students, staff, and faculty and highlighted.
Additionally, students who complete the Pro Bono Pledge receive a certificate signed by the Dean and special recognition at graduation.
Community and public service are considered affirmatively in promotion and tenure decisions. Community and public service includes contributions to community organizations and the organized bar; law-related public service; community outreach; and work related to the improvement of legal institutions and procedures and development of the law.
Golden Gate does not collect data on lawyer administrative staff pro bono activities.
The faculty at Gonzaga Law is dedicated to serving the public interest through a variety of volunteer activities. Members of the law school faculty contribute substantial volunteer time to local, regional, state-wide, national, and international organizations each year. For a full listing of faculty pro bono and public service contributions, please visit www.law.gonzaga.edu/faculty.
Gonzaga University encourages volunteerism among staff by providing a paid half day per year for staff to participate in community service projects.
It is expected that all members of the regular, full-time teaching faculty will perform, on the average, at least a similar amount of pro bono activity to what is required of students (50 hours). Since all members of the faculty are not practicing lawyers, the qualifying services for faculty members should be rendered to the listed organizations in the fields of their respective expertness. The aspirational goal with respect to faculty service is included to stress the importance of the professional value of pro bono service. Since there are no sanctions or reporting requirements, faculty members seeking to comply are expected to follow their own common sense in deciding to their own satisfaction whether they had met the guidelines.
The Law School does not have a formal pro bono policy for faculty, but many faculty participate in programs in various contexts.
Faculty and staff members are always encouraged to engage in law-related pro bono service; however, there is no formal requirement that they do so.
Faculty members serve as advisors to student organizations, many of whom engage in pro bono projects.
Faculty and professional administrators are encouraged to provide 50 hours of pro bono service annually, per the Indiana Bar recommendation. Faculty also work in conjunction with the Access to Justice Program, seeking student assistance on their own pro bono work.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer for Pro Bono activities.
Professor Rapping is a 2009-2010 Fellow in the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program at Harvard Law School and the Founder and Executive Director of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC).
Professor Kathleen Burch received the ACLU'S 2009 Volunteer Attorney Award for her work with the Civil Liberties seminar.
Faculty and staff participate in a various pro bono and community service activities. As an example, Lewis & Clark's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is coordinated by faculty and offers students the opportunity to assist foreign tax filers.
Through its tenure policy, evaluation process, and partnership with the Virginia Bar Association, the law school urges all faculty and administration to participate in pro bono or community service projects. Faculty and staff are encouraged to pledge to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono or community service each year.
Pro Bono by faculty is encouraged, recognized and counts towards tenure and salary as service to the school and community.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Faculty are required to perform public service which is noted in annual salary/performance evaluations.
Faculty engage in various pro bono efforts including asylum, death penalty, family law, non-profit organization, and tax assistance. Faculty serve as advisors to students participating in the various student pro bono projects
Faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer time on pro bono projects. Additionally, interested faculty formed the Public Law Community in 2005 which includes faculty, staff and students with an interest in public law, and is dedicated to offering speakers, panels, etc on public interest topics during the academic year.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy, but criteria for evaluating faculty for retention and promotion include service to legal and non-legal communities, including "legal representation for those in need". Faculty run and participate in the work the three academic centers; some promote pro bono opportunities related to their own activities. For a description of pro bono work performed by Center-affiliated faculty and other faculty at New England School of Law, please see https://www.nesl.edu/practical-experiences
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Some pro bono group projects are supervised by faculty members and/or law school administrators.
There is not a formal faculty pro bono policy, but faculty are noted for engaging in a diverse range of pro bono work, from environmental land use to death penalty representation in Alabama to employment rights. For a complete listing of our faculty's bios, please see https://its.law.nyu.edu/facultyprofiles/.
Although there is no formal pro bono policy, Northeastern faculty are heavily engaged in various pro bono projects focusing on an array of public interest issues. These projects involve expansion of health care access, representation of death penalty inmates, transgender law reform, HIV/AIDS treatment programs, domestic implementation of human rights law, global health financing, immigrants' rights, anti-trafficking, tobacco and obesity control, civil rights restorative justice issues, community economic development, rights of low-wage and other workers, domestic violence, racial profiling, reproductive rights protection, progressive tax policy reform, environmental protection, economic and social rights, prisoners' rights, consumer protection, and improved civic education.
Several faculty members engage in pro bono work or assist with pro bono cases, often involving students with their projects or cases.
Northwestern Law does not have a faculty pro bono policy, but all faculty are encouraged to report annually to the dean the pro bono work he or she has performed.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Faculty serve as advisors to the Public Interest Law Forum, Social Justice Forum, and Society of International Human Rights groups.
Faculty, Administrators, and Staff are encouraged to be engaged and give back to the community.
For information please contact Associate Dean Joseph B. Stulberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCU LAW faculty members are not required to perform pro bono activities, but pro bono service is encouraged and considered in promotion and tenure decisions.
The Pace Law School Standards for Promotion and Tenure--which embody the expectations for faculty--clearly distinguish service to the public, including pro bono representation, from service to the University and the larger legal community and do not pretend that they are fungible: http://www.law.pace.edu/aboutpace/promotions.html#_1_32. Also, we list individual faculty's pro bono activities on a separate Web page, in some small part as an incentive: http://www.law.pace.edu/currentstudents/probono/faculty.html. Our Mission Statement also explicitly identifies service to those in need and the achievement of a more just society as a core dimension of our faculty's responsibility: http://www.law.pace.edu/aboutpace/mission.html.
Faculty members are involved in the training and supervision for some of the pro bono projects, including some of the projects offered through the Pro Bono Collaborative.
The school's faculty handbook states in Section 110, Community Service: "The School of Law also encourages Faculty to engage in activities which improve the administration of justice and the good of society. Such activities include, by way of illustration, pro bono representation of individuals or groups unable to afford legal assistance, service to the judiciary and participation in charitable pursuits." There is some recognition of pro bono service in the retention, promotion, and tenure process, and periodic notifications of faculty community service are circulated to the faculty by the law school administration.
Some faculty members provide supervision/advice/assistance to Pro Bono Project and the student pro bono group projects.
There is no formal faculty pro bono program although some members of the faculty do perform pro bono work.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Faculty members supervise the Public Interest Law Group and the Tax Assistance Program.
Faculty are encouraged to complete pro bono service.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. The PILO faculty advisor, Professor Joseph Snoe, is actively involved in the pro bono project.
The Pro Bono Project is funded through the Public Interest Resource Center. Annual costs include staff wages and the cost of plaques. The Law School provides an office and equipment.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Faculty members have taken the lead on each of AtJI's projects and are members of AtJI's advisory board.
The New Jersey State Bar Association pro bono policy applies to all law professors licensed to practice in the state of New Jersey. Law Administrators are included.
Each year faculty members prepare a self assessment that specifically asks, among other categories, for a review of pro bono and public interest service. That assessment forms the basis for annual individual conferences with the Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Veteran's Legal Assistance Program -- provides pro bono legal services to honorably discharged Illinois veterans appealing disability claims with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. VLAP is a start point to partner with regional veteran service organizations and local Department of Veterans Affairs offices to assist in the relief of caseload backlog. It provides legal assistance to area veterans who cannot afford or do not have access to legal representation in the appeals of claims for compensation for service-connected disabilities.
The Faculty at SMU supports the need for public interest legal services and commits each member of the faculty to engage in public interest legal services consistent with the public service requirement for students. In addition to the student requirement, the faculty passed a resolution requiring faculty members to perform public service.
The Public Service Program is administered by the Director of Community Outreach. In addition, through the Faculty Public Interest Law Committee, faculty oversee the activities of the student-run Public Interest Law Committee.
Faculty members take on a broad range of pro bono activities ranging from serving on boards of legal nonprofit organizations to drafting amicus briefs for U.S. Supreme Court cases, among others.
Suffolk Law School encourages faculty, administrators and staff who are attorneys to participate in annual pro bono activities and to involve student volunteers in their pro bono work. Examples of current faculty supervised pro bono projects include the New Orleans Legal Assistance Project, which provides assistance to Louisiana residents affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Foreclosure Taskforce, which provides information and assistance to tenants in the greater Boston area affected by the foreclosure crisis.
In addition, all law faculty, administrators and staff who are attorneys are subject to Mass. Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, which strongly encourages all attorneys to perform at least 25 hours/year of pro bono service, or to donate $250.00 to a legal services agency which provides pro bono legal services.
Faculty are involved heavily in the advisement and training of students for both the Family Violence Task Force and the Prison Task Force. A number of faculty and several administrators who are attorneys provide pro bono legal services to community agencies and through legal service organizations.
Many faculty members are engaged in public interest and pro bono efforts ranging from Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program, to Civil and Disability rights.
There is a public service component to the merit compensation system, which includes service to the law school or to the community
Faculty has not adopted a mandatory pro bono obligation for faculty. However, some faculty members perform pro bono legal services.
Faculty is committed to serving at least 10 hours of public-service work per year. Most faculty members, however, perform many more hours. Faculty and staff involvement is encouraged and includes the following activities:
Texas Tech Law has co-sponsored with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas evening pro bono legal clinics in the community, as well as the law school clinic offices. Faculty and staff have served as volunteer attorneys providing legal advice at pro bono clinics sponsored by the Equal Justice Volunteer Program of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas since 1991. Faculty and staff members often accept cases on a pro bono basis throughout the year through this program. Faculty and staff members also participate in providing legal advice during legal clinics co-sponsored by student groups.
Since 2007, Texas Tech Law has sponsored the Night Court Project once a month from August through April during the academic year. Students in the Civil Practice Clinic and the Family Law and Housing Clinic interview clients previously screened by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and prepare the necessary paperwork during the divorce clinics. A judge volunteers by coming to the law school courtroom to conduct final hearings at night.
Law school faculty hosts a continuing legal education program, the Annual Texas Tech Law School Faculty Update for legal services attorneys, public interest practitioners, and pro bono attorneys. This annual free CLE program has existed since fall 2006.
Cooley faculty and staff are encouraged to initiate volunteer, public service, and pro bono activities. In doing so, they are consistent models and mentors to students for becoming involved in the community and for doing public service work. "Cooley Cares" is an effort by the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism to encourage Cooley staff and faculty to serve the community. The Center helps them in their endeavors, in part, by matching them to work they find meaningful, and by assisting in whatever other ways they can.
Formal expectations for faculty pro bono and community service work are addressed through the promotion and tenure requirements and committee oversight. Applicants for promotion and tenure must document significant organizational participation and public service. Every faculty member has engaged in their own service to the community, the School, and the Bar, and with full-time faculty numbering over 100, those projects are just too numerous to list.
Akron Law faculty members participate in both community service and pro bono opportunities. Akron Law faculty and administrators participate in the Akron Bar Association's community service and pro bono projects. Both the Akron Bar and Akron Law work closely with Community Legal Aid to support their programs and thus provides an avenue for faculty and administrators to provide pro bono service.
Faculty members serve as chairs and reporters for local, state, national and international bar and professional committees. The Faculty Evaluation Criteria and Procedures specifically recognize the importance of service to both the profession and community in reappointment, tenure, promotion, salary decisions and incorporate the AALS Statement of Good Practices for law professors, encouraging pro bono service.
Faculty members serve as advisors to student groups, including those devoted to pro bono causes.
In addition to teaching and research, all faculty are expected to engage in service to the Law School.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Faculty and administrators serve as advisors for six of the nine pro bono projects.
The Academic Personal Manual of the University of California encourages faculty, including law school faculty, to engage in public service. Pro bono is a part of the general public service obligations that faculty undertake. Pro bono service is taken into account in every merit increase. Advancements are based on service, as well as scholarship and teaching.
UC Hastings Faculty and staff engage in a wide variety of pro bono activities. Faculty pro bono activities are featured on the pro bono web pages.
The following policy was adopted by the UCI Law faculty on September 23, 2009:
The University of California, Irvine School of Law is deeply committed to the performance of public service work. We expect that our students and faculty will be regularly engaged in public service work throughout their careers.
Public service work, of course, can take many forms and reflect many values, including activities such as helping those who cannot afford legal services and working for public interest and government organizations. We encourage our students and faculty to set yearly public service goals similar to those expected of practicing attorneys.
The University has general guidelines that faculty members should devote 40% of their time to teaching, 40% to scholarship, and 20% to service. Some faculty members exceed this commitment to pro bono through various committee work, direct client representation, and through general pro bono work. Faculty are required to do written reporting on an annual basis, and their involvement in pro bono activities is considered when making tenure decisions
In May 2008, Professor Amy J. Schmitz was awarded the Clifford Calhoun Public Service Award, given annually to the person who contributes to the public service of the Law School in the spirit and tradition of the contributions Professor Emeritus Clifford Calhoun made in his 29-year Law School career. Her involvement with the Colorado Bar Association committee in revising Colorado's version of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code ended with the enactment of revised Art. 9. Professor Schmitz is currently the advisor for Women's Law Caucus (WLC) and co-advisor for the Construction and Real Estate Law Association (CREALA). She is also involved with CU's Service Learning program and Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement.
The Law School formally adopted a statement of faculty responsibilities in December 2001. It contains the following provision:
"The School prepares its students for a profession with substantial obligations of community service. Accordingly, faculty members are encouraged to participate as fully as their teaching and scholarly obligations permit in the work of bar association, other professional groups such as the American Law Institute and learned societies in their fields of specialization. In addition, faculty members are encouraged to lead by example in projects that help meet the unmet legal needs of the community."
All student organizations and pro bono group projects have faculty sponsors/supervisors.
The College of Law's Personnel Policies and Procedures, which govern the granting of tenure and promotion, require assessment of faculty members' contributions to public service. Faculty members' performance is measured, in part, by their contributions to such activity, including pro bono legal representation.
Professor Joseph Little is the faculty advisor for the Pro Bono Project.
Although not a requirement, many of the UGA School of Law faculty accept pro bono cases and serve actively in nonprofit legal service organizations.
Faculty members supervise the Environmental Law Society.
There is no formal faculty policy requiring specific types of pro bono endeavors; however, the faculty are advised of the College's expectations that they become engaged in service activities within the community which can include pro bono legal services.
Each student organization has a faculty advisor.
Iowa Law does not systematically collect this information. However, faculty and staff participate in a variety of pro bono activities, including volunteering with students in conjunction with several of CLP's Pro Bono Projects.
Faculty members are active and enthusiastic participants in every student group pro bono project, from providing items to be auctioned at Pub Night (including gourmet meals and windsurfing lessons) and participating in the SBA Fun Run to serving as celebrity dealers at Casino Night and making monetary donations.
The Law School Mission Statement provides: "A final major component of the School of Law's mission is to provide valuable service to the legal profession, the university, the city and state, the nation, and the international community. The School of Law supports the public service activities of its faculty, staff, and students and encourages them to explore the opportunities that are available for them to contribute to their profession and society."
Faculty members serve as advisors to all student groups. Faculty members serve as advisors and participants in each of the activities.
Faculty engage in various pro bono activities. For example, Professor Douglas Michael supervises the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ("VITA") program during the Spring semester.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy but the Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs request faculty to submit information regarding such activities.
Faculty and staff engage in a variety of public service projects throughout the year.
Professional Bios of Faculty and Administrators list community service and pro bono involvement
- Board Member, National Center for Law and Economic Justice
- Board Member, Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund (and supervised students conducting legal research for the organization as research assistants and in connection with earning Pro Bono Program credit)
- Board of Directors, Bristol County Bar Association
- Board of Directors, New Bedford Bar Association
- Co-Editor, ABA Business Law Section Committee on Community Economic Development E-Newsletter
- Founding Member, MA LGBTQ Task Force on Youth in Courts
- Member, ABA Children's Litigation Subcommittee
- Member, Massachusetts Advocacy for Children's Education Law Task Force
- Presenter, Know-Your-Rights Workshops on Citizenship, Immigration and Naturalization
- Review Panel, Southeastern Regional Transit Authority
- Volunteer, National Employment Law Project
- Volunteer, New Bedford Workers Center/Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (CCT)
- Volunteer, Special Education Surrogate Parent Program
- Volunteer Moot Court Appellate Judge, Committee for Public Counsel Services Post-Conviction Panel
Faculty and administrators engage in a variety of pro bono service activities including the following: Board of Directors of the Community Legal Center; Memphis Areal Legal Services Campaign Cabinet; Tennessee Bar Association Access to Justice Committee; Tennessee Bar Association Ethics Committee; Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Code Revision Commission; Leo Bearman, Jr. American Inn of Court; American Law Institute; Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts Dependency Court Improvement Program; Memphis Bar Association Diversity Committee; Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee; and other committees to improve the administration of justice.
Many faculty members are engaged in public interest and pro bono efforts ranging from workers rights, immigration assistance, youth advocacy, homelessness advocacy, and human rights.
There is not a formal faculty pro bono policy, but faculty are regularly engaged in pro bono projects that are as diverse as the faculty's interests. For example, law faculty work on pro bono cases involving human rights, the Voting Rights Act and death penalty representation. Several of the in-house projects are supervised by faculty or administrators. Finally, students may assist faculty members with their pro bono projects, which may take the form of research, amicus briefs or publication.
The faculty and administration of the U of M Law School encourage all students to participate in pro bono opportunities both while in school and as attorneys. They are more than willing to speak to students about their own pro bono participation and listen to students' experiences volunteering in the community.
Faculty member, Allen Rostron, serves as a faculty advisor for the Public Interest Law Association. Faculty members also serve on a Pro Bono/ Public Interest committee.
The faculty policy provides that all faculty shall perform service and that pro bono representation is one form of service.
Many faculty members licensed in Nebraska provide pro bono services as part of their service to the College. Faculty members often work with students on pro bono projects, and supervise student run pro bono events such as VITA and CLEP.
The Law School places heavy service demands upon its faculty and encourages pro bono legal representation, testifying before legislative committees, teaching continuing education courses, educating non-lawyers about the law and our legal system, serving as a mediator or arbitrator, participating in professional associations and many other activities. Such activities are not only good in and of themselves, they can inform both teaching and scholarship as well as contribute to the intellectual life of the legal community.
The University of New Hampshire School of Law employs faculty members that lead by example. The Law School's tenure policy encourages and recognizes faculty contributions to the community, including all pro bono work. Notably, faculty members have routinely appeared before the New Hampshire House of Representatives and State Senate to testify on matters affecting our community. Thus, leading by example, clinical faculty are encouraged by the administration to routinely instill in UNH law students the ethical rewards of pro bono representation.
In conformity with UNM School of Law's mission to serve the public, the law school offers a variety of classes that have a pro-bono component. Many of the school's faculty members have previous experience representing clients in pro bono matters or as attorneys at public interest organizations. A representative sample of the faculties previous public interest positions includes: attorney for U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees; volunteer co-legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico; Executive Director of WaterWatch of Oregon; senior attorney with the Health Access Project at The Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C; staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Various faculty members and staff licensed to practice law are involved as group project supervisors or individual project supervisors. Many faculty and staff engage in independent pro bono work and involve students whenever possible.
Faculty and professional staff are encouraged to do pro bono work and all faculty and professional staff who complete at least 25 hours of pro bono every academic year are recognized at an annual Pro Bono Awards Reception.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy.
Faculty are significantly involved in the development and oversight of all the current student pro bono group projects.
Although there is no formal faculty pro bono policy, Penn Law faculty and staff work closely with our student pro bono projects. They advise and supervise students in pro bono work and on spring break service trips. A Faculty Committee advises the Center on policies and programs.
Faculty and administrators serve as advisors to student pro bono groups.
The faculty pro bono policy is set forth in the faculty handbook: "To aid in the solution of urgent problems, the School of Law recognizes an obligation to make available to government, business, labor, public interest and civic organizations the special knowledge and intellectual competence of its faculty members. It also recognizes the potential value, both to faculty and to the School of Law, that . . . such . . . outside activity may offer a faculty member by acquainting the individual with the organizations in which his or her students may eventually be employed.
Service is one of the criteria used for tenure and promotion decisions.
Immigrant Assistance Project
No-Fault Divorce Assistance Program
Protective Order Assistance Program
Pro Bono Criminal Appeals Program
Domestic Violence Education Workshops
MSPB Appeals Program
Assistance to Disabled Veterans
Estate Planning (Wills for Seniors)
Legislative Research and Analysis
Housing Law Pro Bono Program
Unemployment Insurance Program
Law students must complete 50 hours of qualifying public service as a prerequisite to graduation. Transfer students shall complete a number of hours prorated to the number of semesters they will spend at the law school. All other members of the law school community (administrators, faculty, and staff) are strongly encouraged to complete 50 hours of qualifying public service every three years. Faculty and staff engage in a variety of pro bono and community service activities including representing prisoners in federal appeals, assisting in petitions for commutation, forming nonprofit organizations, assisting with immigration difficulties, helping with elder law matters, and representing clients in misdemeanor matters.
USF Law faculty and staff engage in a wide variety of community service and pro bono activities. Details are featured on the law school's website under "Public Service and Social Justice".
Members of the faculty serve as advisors to the various student organizations that offer pro bono opportunities, such as IPSD, Women In Law, Domestic Violence Program, PIN, and VITA, and NALSA, in addition to projects or other service on Bar committees and with the ABA or other organizations.
Professor Thomas Earl Geu has been working on setting up a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation on a pro bono basis.
In 2006, Professor Baron worked closely with ATLA and other groups by providing pro bono assistance to Congress in its work on the 2006 Pension Reform Act as its provisions impacted ERISA reimbursement actions. He estimates that he devotes about two hours per week doing pro bono work for similar or subrogation/ERISA-related cases. As the family law professor as well, Baron continues spending a lot of pro bono time on help in family law cases.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. However, public and community service activities are among the criteria used in annual faculty evaluations.
Some clinical faculty supervise pro bono projects.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy in existence at this time.
A faculty member serves as volunteer adviser for each UT Pro Bono project. Faculty members also volunteer to supervise and advise other groups and individuals on pro bono projects.
Faculty members are heavily involved in the Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Committee. This work counts towards the general institutional service obligation of faculty to the law school.
The Access to Justice Coordinator also works with faculty on specific projects and goals—both curricular and extra-curricular—to involve more faculty in the pro bono program, and integrate pro bono opportunities into the curriculum as appropriate (e.g., working with professors of "Interviewing and Counseling" to create opportunities for students to interview and counsel clients at Saturday Bar).
While the Pro Bono Program does not currently track the pro bono service of its faculty and staff, many members of the UT Law Faculty and Staff engage in pro bono work throughout the year. This includes working alongside students during the winter break service trip and student run law clinics, helping nonprofits and legal service organizations with various legal issues, and direct representation of clients.
In addition to the pro bono legal service work the faculty supervises in the community service and clinical programs, the David A. Clarke School of Law faculty are required to report annually to the Faculty Evaluation, Retention, and Tenure Committee on service to the community. The standard articulated for this service states, "A faculty member is expected to contribute publicly and professionally to the legal profession and the community.... These activities should include pro bono representation, amicus brief preparation, or other uncompensated service in connection with a bar association or other professional, governmental, or community organization over and above a faculty member's regular legal work in the clinic." Selected examples include work on a petition for a writ of certiorari for a defendant sentenced to death, participation in the D.C. Bar's pro bono program for veteran's claims for service-connected disabilities, case work through Legal Counsel for the Elderly for senior citizens, representation of a federal inmate in a First Amendment challenge, mentoring attorneys and paralegals in law firms who provide legal representation through the D.C. Bar pro bono clinic in social security disability and landlord/tenant matters, and filing amicus curiae briefs advocating the rights of persons with disabilities in three ADA cases before the Supreme Court.
The Pacific McGeorge Faculty and Administration are engaged in an array of pro bono projects each year.
Varied by area of interest and expertise.
A faculty member is the Advisor to the Public Interest Law Society.
In review, one of the things taken into consideration is public service.
Faculty member biographies contain public and pro bono service.
The Pro Bono Initiative is led by an Director, who is also on the Administration Committee at the College of Law.
Many faculty and staff provide pro bono services; the law school will develop a mechanism to track these hours and recognize the service of our employees.
Several faculty members are committed to pro bono activities, both in their professional capacity as faculty members and on their own time. The Pro Bono Program is supported by two permanent faculty advisors, and a number of other faculty members have offered their support to various pro bono initiatives at the law school.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. It is taken into account when faculty members are considered for promotion and tenure.
While the faculty has not adopted a formal policy regarding an annual expectation of pro bono service, full-time faculty members are expected to provide service to members of the broader community, which can, and often does, include provision of pro bono services - typically in association with affiliated agencies or nonprofit groups.
Every law student group has a faculty adviser. Faculty members advise the students participating in the student-sponsored projects.
Faculty and administrators serve as advisors to student groups. Faculty are required to report their community work, including pro bono activities, annually in their Faculty Activities Report, which is submitted to the Dean, the Provost and the President.
There is no formal policy on faculty pro bono.
Wayne State Law School faculty provide pro bono assistance to a variety of groups, including the ACLU of Michigan, the NAACP, and Habitat for Humanity.
Faculty are required to complete at least 20 hours of pro bono service, as defined above over a three year cycle. Faculty routinely exceed this requirement. Faculty report their pro bono activity to the Dean, who takes these efforts into account in faculty members’ annual reviews. The Faculty’s pro bono work covers a broad area substantively and is delivered in many forms. Examples of pro bono work in which the School of Law’s faculty members have recently engaged includes:
- Drafting amicus briefs regarding ongoing litigation.
- Drafting request for parole of an ICE detainee under the auspices of the ACLU of Western Massachusetts' Immigrant Protection Project.
- Serving as mediator with the Family Resolutions Specialty Court, and with On-site Meditation programs at the local Probate and Family Courts.
- Conducting educational discussions/lectures to community, student, and academic groups.
- Undertaking leadership roles in professional organizations, such as the Society of American Law Teachers.
- Serving on government or nonprofit boards.
- Advising nonprofit organizations in areas of expertise.
- Providing direct legal services to individuals of modest means.
Faculty pro bono service is strongly encouraged and is one of the criteria for review and tenure.
No formal faculty pro bono policy.
Most legally-related pro bono service work is supervised by clinical faculty.
Similar to our student policy, rather than require faculty pro bono service, we encourage and reward it. Our school has adopted a formal voluntary recognition policy for faculty pro bono service. Faculty members who report at least 30 hours of pro bono service for the academic year are distinguished with a red cord at graduation. In its first year, the 2005-2006 academic year, 18 faculty members received this distinction for performing a total of over 2500 hours of pro bono service.
Similar to our student policy, rather than require faculty pro bono service, we encourage and reward it. Our school has adopted a formal voluntary recognition policy for faculty pro bono service. Faculty members who report at least 30 hours of pro bono service for the academic year are distinguished with a red cord at graduation. In its first year, the 2005-2006 academic year, 18 faculty members received this distinction for performing a total of over 2500 hours of pro bono service.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. However, the Pro Bono Program of the Clinical Law Program promotes and facilitates pro bono service for faculty members.
Members of the faculty and administration provide pro bono service, but that service is not tracked formally. Some examples are available at http://law.wm.edu/faculty/.
There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Students frequently work with faculty members on projects which often include research and publication.