Your Pro Bono Requirement and Special Event!! – 9/22/2016

Important Reminder: Stetson Law requires our students to perform a total of sixty (60) hours of pro bono service during their law school career, of which thirty (30) hours must be the performance of qualifying law-related service (legal pro bono). Full-time students and part-time students must complete all pro bono requirements before the start of their last semester of law school!

Pro Bono Opportunities:

Legal Pro Bono supporting veterans

Stetson College of Law’s Veterans Law Institute has partnered with Bay Area Legal Services and Gulf Coast Legal Services to bring civil legal assistance to the Veteran population where they are—the VA Medical Center-Bay Pines.  Selected law students will work alongside legal aid attorneys and VA social workers to assist veterans with their civil legal needs. We are looking for law students who will commit to support this program, which we refer to as the Medical-Legal Partnership or “MLP.”  The immediate need is for a student who can volunteer on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays. The student will be provided a VA-specific orientation, provided an access card for the VA computer systems, and be granted access to the MLP office located at Bay Pines VA Medical Center.  Student applicants must be self-motivated, responsible, and excited about spearheading a new initiative to help Veterans.

If interested please email vetprobono@law.stetson.edu with the days and times that you are available to volunteer.

Bay Area Legal Services iLawyer Program – Be the first to partake in this innovative pro bono opportunity. Starting October 27, 2016, iLawyer will have Stetson students assisting clients with their applications, triaging their legal issue, and uploading important documents to their BALS’ files. Clients will then connect with volunteer attorneys via Skype to receive legal advice and brief services at this well-established nonprofit where many of them already go for other services.

The clinic will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 5-7pm at the Tampa Community Development Corporation (CDC), 1907 E. Hillsborough Ave, #100, Tampa, FL 33610. You must commit to attend the clinic consistently.

Interested? Please e-mail or call BALS’ Project Manager Linda Anderson at landerson@bals.org, or 813.232.1222, Ext 128.

To RSVP email career@law.Stetson.edu

 Non-Legal Opportunities:

Child Advocates of Stetson Law (CASL) is seeking to pair Stetson students with teens from the Guardian ad Litem program to have lunch, play games, and listen to an inspirational talk followed by a book signing from New York times Best-Selling author and international child welfare Advocate, Ashley Rhodes-Courter.  Space is limited to the first 30 law students to RSVP to Taylor Greenberg at tgreenbe@law.stetson.edu.  The event will be Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 12pm – 3pm in Campbell Park Rec Center.

ReadingPals is a United Way program where volunteers provide positive reinforcement and personal attention to a child (kindergarten through 3rd grade) who would benefit from a little extra reading support. We aim to not only improve children’s reading skills, but also impart a love of reading. ReadingPals offers two opportunities to volunteer:  Choosing a one-hour time slot when it fits your schedule, working with different children every time as a ReadingPal Reader; or Committing to regularly meet one hour a week with the same child as a ReadingPal Tutor.  Both volunteer positions require a background screening and a two-hour orientation that prepared you to work with students.  There are 17 after-school sites to choose from across Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Thank you for your interest in becoming a ReadingPal. Click here to send us your information. Someone will contact you shortly.Have questions? Contact Nicole Brown at nbrown@uwsuncoast.org or 813-274-0998.

Don’t miss the Pro Bono Showcase!!!

Come cheer on 4 of your classmates/colleagues as they present brief 5-7 minute presentations addressing (1) how they got involved in their pro bono opportunity (2) How their work helps to close the justice gap?  And (3) How their pro bono experience impacted them, their client(s) and the larger community?   The presentation winner will receive the grand prize – a coveted parking spot in the faculty lot!   Join us Monday, September 26th at 5pm in the Great Hall.  Dinner will be served. 

For additional pro bono opportunities check out Symplicity. Also, Kam Clark, in Career Development, provides assistance to students who are seeking pro bono opportunities. Make an appointment with her by emailing career@law.stetson.edu.