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Saint Mary’s University of San Antonio School of Law

Saint Mary’s University of San Antonio School of Law
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228
www.stmarytx.edu/law

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Gregory Zlotnick
Pro Bono Program Supervisor
P: (210) 431-5718
Fax: (210) 431-5700
E-mail

Category Type

Formal Voluntary Program Characterized by Administrative Support for Student Group Projects.

Description of Programs

Formal Voluntary Pro Bono Program Characterized by Administrative Support for Student Group Projects (some elements of Referral System with a Coordinator)

The Pro Bono Program creates opportunities for law students to engage in legal pro bono work. Most of these opportunities are created through partnerships with other organizations such as the San Antonio Bar Association’s Community Justice Program (CJP), Catholic Charities, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and Texas Access to Justice.

Current projects include: Wills, Family Law, and Veteran’s Events; Ask-A-Lawyer; People’s Law School; St. Mary’s ID Recovery Program; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; Peer Court; and Alternative Spring Break programs.

St. Mary's is also a member of Equal Justice Works which entitles our law students to compete for various fellowship positions.

The Program also offers career counseling to law students interested in pursuing public interest work and assistance in placement for other pro bono opportunities.

Location of Programs

Center for Legal and Social Justice
2507 N.W. 36th Street
San Antonio, TX 78228

Staffing/Management/Oversight

Director of Clinical and Public Interest Programs: full-time employee
Pro Bono Program Supervisor: full-time employee, supervising attorney
Pro Bono Program Student Coordinator: part-time law student employee
Law Student Site Coordinators: volunteers

Funding

School of Law support for Public Interest Programs

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Public Interest Law Association

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

None listed

Awards/Recognition

Students

Students are encouraged to apply, if eligible, to gain membership into the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College upon completion of 50 hours of legal pro bono service per year.

Students who complete at least 100 hours of public and/or pro bono service are recognized at graduation with a St. Mary’s University Pro Bono and Public Service Certificate.

Each semester, a St. Mary’s student is recognized by the Community Justice Program and AT&T’s Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Services Award.

Law School

St. Mary’s has previously received awards for its pro bono achievement, including the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service, 2013 and the Texas Access to Justice Commission Law School Commitment to Service Award.

Community Service

The Program offers a data bank of community services opportunities in the city. Campus Ministry also coordinates community service projects.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Gregory Zlotnick
Pro Bono Program Supervisor
P: (210) 431-5718
Fax: (210) 431-5700
E-mail

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

Civil Justice Clinic
Criminal Justice Clinic
Immigration and Human Rights Clinic

Externships/Internships

Externship Program assists students in finding externships with a classroom component:

Amanda Rivas
Practice Credit Placement Associate Director
P: (210) 431-5712
E-mail

The Pro Bono Program promotes internships and stipends relating to public interest and non-profit organizational work:

Texas Access to Justice Internship Program
Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program
AT&T Excellence in Pro Bono Scholarship/Internship
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program

Classes with a Public Service Component

None listed

Public Interest Journals

The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice http://www.scholarlawreview.org/

PI Career Support Center

Robin Thorner
Office of Career Services Director
P: (210) 436-3511
Fax: (210) 436-3643

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:

Public Interest Fellowship: Begun in 2016, this fellowship funded one student in their public interest summer internship. It is expected to be offered again in 2017.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

The Pro Bono Program creates opportunities for law students to engage in legal pro bono work. Most of these opportunities are created through partnerships with other organizations such as the San Antonio Bar Association’s Community Justice Program (CJP), Catholic Charities, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and Texas Access to Justice.

Current projects include: Wills, Family Law, and Veteran’s Events; Ask-A-Lawyer; People’s Law School; St. Mary’s ID Recovery Program; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; Peer Court; and Alternative Spring Break programs.

Student Public Interest Groups

Public Interest Law Association

August 6, 2018