March 12, 2013
BU Law students spend spring break doing pro bono work in 11 cities
Sixty-three Boston University School of Law students are participating in the School's spring break pro bono service trips to 11 cities across the United States to work on a variety of legal issues.
Their volunteer work ranges from drafting wills for Native Americans in Oklahoma City to assisting residents of Detroit who are facing foreclosure and other related legal issues. Each group is comprised of two to ten students and supervised by a BU Law professor, staff member or alumnus.
"Our goal is to show students how lawyers can get involved and what poverty and legal need look like in different geographic and topical areas," says Maura Kelly, assistant dean for career development and public service. "We try to cover a wide variety of legal issues that disproportionately impact individuals with limited financial means.”
Administered through the Career Development and Public Service Office’s Pro Bono Program, this year’s spring break service trips are placing groups of students with nonprofit legal organizations in Biloxi, MS; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Harlingen, TX; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Oklahoma City, OK; and Portland, ME.