One of the nice things about having a blog is being able to use it as tool for connecting folks and sharing information. Here is another example. David Udell of the National Center for Access to Justice has an interesting and worthwhile project developing a guide for law school access to justice. He has asked this blog for help in gathering info. So, here is is announcement of his survey — please help by completing it.
National Center for Access to Justice Seeks Your Views
on Strengthening Law Student Pro Bono
to Increase Access to Justice
The National Center for Access to Justice is preparing a Guide to Strengthening Law Student Pro Bono to Increase Access to Justice and is seeking your help. If you work in a court, legal services program, law school, law firm, Access to Justice Commission, bar association, or other justice system setting, we hope you will respond to this call.
The Guide is focusing on “volunteering,” as distinct from clinics, externships, fellowships, and other activities which law students pursue for credit or pay. The Center is gathering examples of best practices in which law students, as volunteers, are making a difference. Law students may represent clients, assist lawyers, carry out policy advocacy, conduct legal research, provide legal information, help litigants complete court forms, conduct court-watching projects, and more.
The models in which law students volunteer come in many forms. Some draw on efficiencies of scale, attract new resources, or have systemic impacts. Some are based in courts, involve multiple law schools, or rely on private attorneys. Some are valuable to legal services programs or courts, or fill niches in particular communities, including in rural areas far from other law schools and courts.
The Center is especially interested in discovering models that provide help to people in underserved practice areas, such as family law, housing law, education law, foreclosure law, consumer law, public benefits law, and immigration law, but invites responses from all who have an interest in this subject.
Please share your ideas and examples. The Center seeks your input via a survey monkey instrument located here, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. The survey is also posted on our web site at: http://www.ncforaj.org/law-student-pro-bono. Please also feel free to email the Center’s Executive Director with any questions, David Udell, udell(at)yu.edu. Let us hear from you.