Pro Bono Week 2015

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Congratulations, Wake Law!

We surpassed our National Pro Bono Celebration Week Goal!

Over the past seven years, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has succeeded in creating an annual national spotlight on pro bono. Wake Forest’s Pro Bono Project joined forces with student organizations and the community to celebrate Pro Bono Week through volunteer opportunities and discussions about public service. Pro Bono Project set a goal of hitting 200 hours. We achieved 284 hours and 15 minutes!

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To achieve this success, more than 10 projects were run, and a total of 70 students participated. People across the Wake Forest community and beyond were able to file advanced directives and expungements because of our students. Others were able to write their most personal needs in wills or be guided through the juvenile justice system. Our students researched cases for Legal Aid and presented much needed information to those struggling through the North Carolina prison system.

A couple of projects had an overwhelming turn out, either in student contributions or in number of community members served:

  • Will’s Clinic: 7 students spent their entire Friday in Richland, NC writing wills, accumulating a total of 61 hours. 
  • Ban the Box: This was the first ever Ban the Box Expungement program at Wake Forest Law. 11 students screened over 80 people for expungement qualifications. Almost half of those screened were approved to continue through the expungement process.
  • Expungements: This project held two events during Pro Bono Week–an expungement clinic at Samaritan’s Ministries and a presentation at Cherry Hill Prison. A total of 14 students accumulated 44 hours.
  • Teen Court & Reclaiming Futures: Through two separate projects, 20 students logged 78 hours helping North Carolina kids through the juvenile system.

In addition to the wonderful projects, the conversation between Justice Cheri Beasley of the North Carolina Supreme Court and Dean Reynolds on improving access to justice had an incredible turn out, showing our student body’s devotion to this pressing issue and being educated to affect change.

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Check out the post Pro Bono Week newsletter for more details.

It’s never too late to log your hours! 66 students logged their Fall 2015 hours during Pro Bono Week, but you are able to log your hours all year round!

Take pride in all that was accomplished and all those community members helped during Pro Bono Week!