Directory

Western New England University School of Law

Western New England University
School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
law.wne.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Paula Zimmer
Assistant Dean & Director of Career Services
E-mail
P: (413) 782-1416

Lauren Carasik
Clinical Professor of Law
E-mail
P: (413)-782-1504

Category Type

Pro Bono Graduation Requirement Program

Description of Programs

Students (and faculty) are encouraged to participate in pro bono projects and activities, and the Career Services Office and individual professors maintain lists of ongoing and available projects and activities.

Location of Programs

Career Services

Staffing/Management/Oversight

None listed

Funding

None listed

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Multi-Cultural Law Students Association – Volunteered with labor for Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) – Students assist low-income people in the community with filing tax returns. Students work roughly seven hours per week.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

In 2012 the school adopted a mandatory pro bono policy for Faculty.

PRO BONO POLICY: It is the policy of the School of Law to encourage law students and law faculty to engage in pro bono activities and of the Law School administration to support and to facilitate such pro bono activities. The Public Interest Committee shall report annually to the faculty and administration on the pro bono activities of the law school community and to suggest programs or policies that might help law students and law faculty more effectively provide pro bono service.

Awards/Recognition

End-of-year awards ceremony, where public interest activities are recognized and the public interest summer stipends are announced and awarded.

Community Service

MCLSA (Multi-Cultural Law Students Association) sponsors an annual High School Day, with discussions of legal issues and legal careers with urban high school students.

SBA sponsors Toys for Tots and a Clothing Drive for Winter Coats.

PAD has annual Easter Egg Hunt for children of local shelter and helps monthly to serve food at shelter.

Women's Law Association annually participate in Walk for the Cure.

LSD participates in Work-A-Day Program.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Lauren Carasik
Clinical Professor of Law
E-mail
P: (413) 782-1504

Sam Charron
Assistant Director and Public Interest Coordinator
E-mail
P: (413) 782-1416

Harris Freeman
Chair, Public Interest Committee
E-mail
P: (413) 782-2214

Paula Zimmer
Director of Career Services
E-mail
P: (413) 782-4424

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairshttp://www1.law.wnec.edu/ilga/

Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepeneurshiphttp://www1.law.wnec.edu/lawandbusiness/

Public Interest Clinics

Small Business Clinic

Civil Law -- Public Interest Clinic

Consumer Protection Clinic

Criminal Law -- Prosecution Clinic

Real Estate Practicum

 

Externships/Internships

  • Housing Court Project
  • MA Department of Social Services
  • Commission on Public Counsel Services
  • MA Commission Against Discrimination
  • MA Attorney General's Office
  • HIV/AIDS Law Consortium of Western MA
  • Center for Public Representation (Mental Disability Law)
  • Safe Passages (Substance Abuse)

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

Career Related Services include:

  1. panels on public interest lawyering
  2. library materials on public interest work and careers
  3. counseling and advising
  4. Participate in the organization of several multi-school public interest career fairs.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

None listed

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Public Interest Week – Week-long series of activities -- speeches, panels, service -- devoted to public interest law and lawyering.

Clason Lecture Series – Public interest speakers are always included among the speakers in the annual Clason Lecture Series. Last year, Mike Tigar, internationally known lawyer and law professor, gave a lecture on "Lawyers and The Importance of Human Rights."

Student Public Interest Groups

American Constitution Society

Christian Law Society

Environmental Law Society

Just-Us street law program

MCLSA (Multi-Cultural Law Students Association)

Multi-Cultural Law Students Association

National Lawyers Guild

Student Bar Association

August 7, 2018