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2nd Annual Pro Bono Fair a Success

10/12/06--On October 10, 2006, BC Law held its second Annual Pro Bono Fair in the Law School Stuart House snack bar. Representatives of twenty-four nonprofit organizations offering law-related services to underserved communities staffed tables and offered literature and information to law students, faculty and staff seeking volunteer opportunities.

The Fair, which was co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Curtin Public Interest Center, is part of the effort started in 2005 by the Ad Hoc Pro Bono Committee to encourage a culture of service and volunteerism at the Law School and beyond.

"The unmet need for legal services among lower income people in this country is enormous,” said Freda Fishman, who directs the programming for the Curtin Public Interest Center. “It is important that all lawyers be aware of that need, understand that they can be of genuine help, and develop a commitment to service from the very beginning of their careers."

The organizations invited to participate included:
-Children’s Law Center of Mass
-Greater Boston Legal Services
-Disability Law Center
-Mass Correctional Legal Service
-National Consumer Law Center
-GLAD
-Shelter Legal Services
-Boston College Immigration & Asylum Project
-Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC)
-South Middlesex Legal Services
-Casa Myrna Vasquez
-Health Law Advocates
-REACH
-Jewish Family & Children’s Services
-Elizabeth Stone House
-The Brookline Center
-Bridge Over Troubled Waters
-Cambridge Dispute Resolution Center
-Metro Mediation Services
-The Medical Legal Partnership for Children
-Roxbury Defenders
-Neighborhood Legal Services
-DOVE
-East Boston Ecumenical Community Council