NCSTL Seeking Pro Bono Students


Spring 2014 Pro Bono Opportunities through the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law (NCSTL):

Do you want the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of forensic science and the law? With the immense popularity of television shows such as CSI and Dexter, the field of forensic science is more popular than ever; and now is your chance to work with the world’s only resource combining science, technology, and the law.

The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law is excited to work with Stetson students in accomplishing their legal pro bono credit during the Spring 2014 semester. Our program is ideal for part-time students and full-time students who prefer working from home because the majority of the work can be done online. Additionally the work may be particularly appealing to those with an interest in evidence, criminal law, and/or forensic science.

Students will draft brief case summaries for opinions that involve forensic science. The cases will cover a wide variety of subjects, such as: expert witness testimony, DNA, fingerprints, accounting, psychology, and cybercrime. A full list of topics is available on NCSTL’s database. To view our database, visit www.ncstl.org and register for free.

To participate in this program, students must satisfy the following requirements:
• Participants must possess strong writing skills.
• Participants must have completed both RW1 and RW2.
• Participants must attend a mandatory* on-line Training Session on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (instructions for the on-line meeting will be given out upon acceptance in program). The students will earn non-legal pro bono credit for attending the full training session as long as all assignments and corrections are successfully completed.
• Participants must send an e-mail requesting admission into the Pro Bono program to the supervising attorney, Donna Venable, at dvenable@law.stetson.edu. This e-mail must include the student’s name, year and contact information. We also strongly suggest that students include a few sentences to explain their interest in our program / demonstrate their writing ability. Please submit emails requesting admission no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014.

The program has limited space, so apply early to ensure admission. Students who are accepted into the program will receive an e-mail notifying them of their acceptance. Students who do not make it into the Spring 2014 program will be notified, kept on file, and contacted if a space later becomes available.

To request admission or for more information please contact the supervising attorney, Donna Venable at dvenable@law.stetson.edu.

*The only exception is for students who successfully completed NCSTL’s pro bono program in a previous semester. Details for these students will be arranged on an individual basis. However such students must still request admission via e-mail.


Stetson University College of Law

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, Florida 33707
Phone: 727-562-7800