Stetson students, faculty, staff kick off the fall with two days of community service
Students, faculty and staff at Stetson University College of Law kicked off the fall semester by volunteering for two days to help people and pets through community organizations in the Tampa Bay region.
A total of 63 members of the Stetson community volunteered on Aug. 18-19 to help build furniture for classrooms and to read to children at the Community Preschool, sort and clean books and read to preschool children at the Goodwill/Book Works Program, socialize homeless pets at Friends of Strays, and build affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.
Professor Judith Scully co-coordinates Stetson’s Social Justice Advocacy Program which will spearhead the pro bono program starting this fall with professors Kristen Adams and Ann Piccard.
“In three short years, law students will be joining the legal profession — a profession that requires its members to serve the needs of clients from all walks of life,” said Professor Scully. “Adopting a habit of serving a diverse group of people early on in a law student’s career will benefit them in the future. Since law students are on a career path that requires them to serve others, it is important for our students to adopt a culture and practice of serving the community on a regular basis. Our pro bono program seeks to build advocates that lead both in the courtroom and in the community.”
Stetson was one of the first law schools in the nation to establish a pro bono service requirement for graduation, and students today are required to complete 60 hours of pro bono work for graduation. Professor James Sheehan previously directed the pro bono program at Stetson.
Post date: Aug. 23, 2016
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