Pro Bono Competition

The Second Annual William Reece Smith, Jr. Pro Bono Competition has officially begun and will continue through October 4. This competition is designed to showcase the quality and breadth of Stetson law student’s legal pro bono work, especially the work performed over this past summer. To enter the competition, please prepare a description of no more than 500 words and supply documentation (which could include a reference from a supervising attorney) highlighting the significance of your legal pro bono work and an explanation of why you believe your pro bono work made a difference in the community you were serving. The focus of this competition is on the quality of the work performed rather than the number of hours worked.

All entries will be reviewed by a panel to include the Social Justice Advocacy Concentration Program Coordinators (Professors Adams, Piccard & Scully), Dean Vaughan, and Bay Area Legal Services’ Volunteer Coordinator (and Stetson alum) JulieAnn Embler. The panel will select up to three student finalists who will then discuss their work at a showcase event on campus on October 11. The winner of this competition will receive a reserved parking space in the faculty parking lot for the entire 2017-2018 school year. In addition, student finalists will be featured in a Stetson Law School website story describing their work. We will also invite local media to the showcase event in hopes that our star pro bono students will be featured in the news.

To enter this competition you must submit all information regarding your legal pro bono work to Professor Piccard ( no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 4, 2017.
We are all looking forward to hearing about all the good work you’ve been doing.

Whether you choose to participate or not, please join us for the 2017 William Reece Smith Jr. Pro Bono Competition Showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall. This is where the finalists will present information about the outstanding work they have done to help close the justice gap. Come hear how law students are inspired by the work they do while also making a difference in the lives of people in need. Light dinner will be served.