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Marquette University Law School

Marquette University Law School
Eckstein Hall
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
www.law.marquette.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Angela F. Schultz
Assistant Dean for Public Service
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall
P: (414) 288-6823
E-mail

Katie Mertz
Assistant Director of Public Service
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall
P: (414) 288-4965
E-mail

Category Type

Formal Voluntary Pro Bono Program Characterized by a Referral System with Coordinator

Description of Programs

Marquette University Law School offers a broad range of active and supported pro bono initiatives for its law students. A student's pro bono experience starts with taking a voluntary pro bono pledge when they enter law school. Marquette's fulltime assistant dean and assistant director of public service then help students find the right pro bono placement at one or more of the many Marquette-sponsored programs, or at independent placements throughout the community.

The following programs are all examples of current pro bono initiatives that demonstrate Marquette's commitment to serving underserved groups with barriers to equal access to justice. Pro bono project descriptions and offerings are updated on the Marquette website each semester: https://law.marquette.edu/community/pro-bono-opportunities.

Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics – The MVLC are free legal clinics, staffed by volunteer attorneys and law students who provide brief legal advice and referral services at four community-based locations. Additionally, our Mobile Legal Clinic serves varied isolated locations in the community multiple times per month.

Milwaukee Justice Center – The Milwaukee Justice Center is a partnership between the Milwaukee Bar Association, Marquette University Law School, and the Milwaukee County court system. The MJC has provides daily help to unrepresented litigants navigating family law processes at the Milwaukee County courthouse. The MJC also hosts two weekly brief legal advice clinics and the Mobile Legal Clinic (see the MVLC description above).

Marquette Legal Initiative for Nonprofits – M-LINC provides free brief legal advice for qualifying Wisconsin nonprofits with legal questions in the following areas: real estate, intellectual property, bankruptcy, employment, corporate, tax, and federal and state registration requirements. M-LINC's weekly clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys and law students. Visit www.m-linc.org for more information.

Guardianship Clinic – The guardianship clinic assists parents of an adolescent with a significant disability who is in need of a court-appointed guardian as they approach adulthood.

Wills for Veterans – Law students partner with volunteer attorneys to develop estate planning documents including wills and powers of attorney for health care and finances for veterans and current service members and their spouses/partners.

Bankruptcy Pro Se Self Help Desk – The Bankruptcy Section of the Milwaukee Bar Association offers a pro se bankruptcy help desk staffed by volunteer attorneys and law students who assist Chapter 7 debtors, and those considering filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, with the required paperwork.

Domestic Violence Injunction Hearing Representation – This is a partnership between the Sojourner Family Peace Center, Quarles & Brady LLP, and Marquette University Law School. In consultation with the advocates and volunteer attorneys, law students prepare domestic abuse injunction orders, which includes interviewing the victim, determining whether evidence should be introduced, and preparing a brief report for the attorney.

Location of Programs

Pro bono is coordinated through the Office of Public Service by two full time staff members and a part time program assistant.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

Marquette's Office of Public Service has a fulltime assistant dean and assistant director, both of whom are licensed attorneys. Marquette also has a part-time program assistant for the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics.

The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics are overseen by pro bono advisory boards on which law students also serve. There are law student coordinators for all other pro bono projects.

Funding

Law School Operating Budget

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Every pro bono project has a student coordinator or a board of student advisors.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

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

Awards/Recognition

Marquette recognizes students who complete 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal service with a service honor cord at graduation and induction into the Pro Bono Society, with special honors for those achieving 120 hours of pro bono service. Qualifying pro bono hours must be: (1) primarily legal in nature, (2) not for credit or compensation, (3) supervised by a licensed attorney, and (4) of service to low-income people, those with barriers to equal access to justice, or a nonprofit whose mission is to serve the same.

Visit http://www.law.marquette.edu/community/pro-bono-society for more information.

Community Service

Marquette University has an extensive program of community service and has been nationally recognized for its commitment to community service and service learning. The Law School maintains a relationship with the Office of Community Service, University Ministry, the Office of Mission and Identity, and the Service-Learning program at the University Level. Marquette Law School also maintains a relationship with the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee and encourages its law students to become involved in community service projects during their time at Marquette.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Angela Schultz
Assistant Dean for Public Service
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
P: (414) 288-6823
E-mail

Katie Mertz
Assistant Director for Public Service
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
P: (414) 288-4965
E-mail

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

At this time, Marquette Law School does not offer a certificate program in Public Interest Law, but incorporates a commitment to service throughout its curriculum in accordance with its mission as a Jesuit institution of higher learning.

The commitment of the Marquette Law School community to service of the public interest is evident in its curriculum, co-curricular undertakings, and expansive volunteer opportunities. Among the goals of its program of legal education is that each graduate be able to embrace a professional life that advances the Jesuit mission of service to the poor, marginalized, and underrepresented in society. Support for this goal may be found in professional responsibility instruction and in a host of courses throughout the curriculum.

Public Interest Centers

The Office of Public Service was established in 2005 to coordinate Marquette Law School's efforts to provide meaningful pro bono and community service opportunities to faculty and law students, better connect with community agencies, facilitate inter-departmental coordination, and advance the scholarship of the Law School in accordance the mission of Marquette University. The Office of Public Service is coordinated by a full time assistant dean and assistant director of public service as well as a part-time program assistant.

Visit https://law.marquette.edu/community/pro-bono-opportunities for additional information.

Public Interest Clinics

Marquette Law School offers four live-client clinical programs: (1) Marquette Small Claims Mediation Clinic, (2) Prosecutor Clinic, (3) Public Defender Clinic, and (4) Unemployment Compensation Clinic in cooperation with Legal Action of Wisconsin.

In addition to formal for-credit opportunities, Marquette Law School has an extensive offering of pro bono public interest clinics, allowing students to participate in active client intake and lawyering on a wide range of issues. The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics involve more than 200 law students and 300 volunteer lawyers each year in service to the community at four locations including the Milwaukee County Veterans' Services Office and the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Additionally, the Marquette Legal Initiative for Nonprofit Corporations provides legal advice to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations.

Externships/Internships

Marquette Law School sponsors a number of supervised field placements with government agencies and public interest organizations that offer legal services, including: AIDS Resource Center, Catholic Charities Immigration Project, Cento Legal, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Marquette Law School's Restorative Justice Initiative, Midwest Environmental Advocates, the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division, and various other opportunities with state and federal government agencies. Placement in these externships entitles students to credit upon successful completion of the designated number of hours and positive supervisory reports.

Classes with a Public Service Component

Marquette has a number of courses with a public interest law component. Additional information on these courses can be found here: http://www.law.marquette.edu/community/public-interest-courses.

Public Interest Journals

Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review publishes articles devoted to international and domestic civil rights and social justice perspectives on employee benefits, disability, elder, health, poverty, and social insurance law. Since 2002, and as formerly known as the Elder's Advisor, it has been produced by Marquette University law students who work closely with experts in the field to bring to publication a readable compendium of current issues and complex policy problems at the intersection of benefits law and social justice.

PI Career Support Center

The Career Planning Center has an extensive collection of materials to support students interested in a career in public service, including guides for public interest fellowships.

Each year, a Public Interest Career Fair is held in the spring semester to encourage students to explore careers in public service, particularly in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. This fair is hosted jointly by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School Offices of Career Planning.

This Career Fair offers more than 20 local public interest organizations an efficient vehicle to meet and interview graduating students for permanent employment opportunities and current students for summer positions. With respect to recruitment for summer positions, the parameters of the program are broad. We strive to provide students with quality work experiences that will allow them to hone their lawyering skills in a public interest context.

There is no requirement that the summer internships be paid; however, employers are encouraged to offer stipends whenever possible. Each law school independently offers stipends to a limited number of first- and second-year students who volunteer with public interest organizations. These stipends, however, are insufficient to provide for all living expenses over the course of the summer and are not available to every interested student.

In addition to the Public Interest Career Fair, Marquette Law School subsidizes student participation in the Equal Justice Works national Public Interest Conference and Career Fair in the fall and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference in the spring.

Students interested in public interest fellowships and careers are also given personalized assistance in the application process. Marquette law students and graduates have been successful in securing Presidential Management fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, and a Peggy Browning Fellowship.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

The Howard and Phyllis Eisenberg Fund is an endowed fund held by Marquette University that provides income each year for the purpose of law school loan repayment assistance. Dean Eisenberg established the Loan Repayment Assistance Program in the spring of 2001. After his death, the program was renamed to serve as a lasting memorial to him and was enhanced through memorial contributions and other donations.

For information, visit http://www.law.marquette.edu/community/howard-and-phyllis-eisenberg-fund-loan-repayment-assistance-program.

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:

The Public Interest Law Society holds an annual auction to raise funds for the Public Interest Law Society Summer Fellowship program which is matched by the Dean of the Law School. Each year summer fellows receive a $4,000 fellowship to work in diverse placements such as the South African Violence and Reconciliation Office, the Eritrean Boundary and Claims Commission, the International Court for Justice at the Hague, Catholic Charities Immigration Services, the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, ACLU of Wisconsin, the Christian Freedom Foundation, and various state prosecutor and public defender offices. Selected student-fellows are expected to work at their placement for a minimum of 350 hours during the summer.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

The Marquette Law Poll is a public policy initiative of Marquette University Law School. Through debates, symposia, public lectures, panels, conferences, and the Law School's On the Issues series, Marquette University Law School has established itself as a leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters affecting the region and beyond.

Student Public Interest Groups

Marquette Law School's most popular and active student organization is the Public Interest Law Society (PILS). The purpose of PILS is to act as a resource for Marquette University Law School students interested in public interest law and to stimulate interest in this area of law. This purpose is carried out by sponsored programs, seminars, and social activities that deal with current topics in public interest law and by acquainting members with professionals in the community. PILS is also dedicated to providing community service and enhancing public opinion of the profession. Each year PILS sponsors a Thanksgiving dinner and the PILS Auction to raise money for PILS Summer Fellowships. In addition, PILS sponsors speakers on important public interest issues and appoints a liaison to the State Bar of Wisconsin Public Interest Law Section Board of Directors.

Other student organizations which are involved with community service include:

Association for Women in the Law

The Black Law Students Association

Children and Family Law Society

Christian Legal Society

The Health Law Society

The Student Bar Association

August 6, 2018