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pro bono program launched

Last Fall, Boston College Law School held its third annual Pro Bono Day, which included a panel discussion and Pro Bono Fair, and also marked the launch of the new Boston College Law School Pro Bono Program.

The program will facilitate students in their pursuit of pro bono activities while at BC Law, and then offer formal recognition for that work. Recognition may include a letter from the dean, an invitation to a reception, or an award at graduation. Participants pledge at least fifty hours of law-related community service.

The panel speakers at Pro Bono Day were students Emma Winger ’08 and Jason Langberg ’09, Ropes and Gray pro bono coordinator Kristy Nardone ’99, Professor Paul Tremblay, and BC Law Associate Director for Public Interest Programs Freda Fishman. They discussed how and why to pursue pro bono work as a law student and as a lawyer.

The Pro Bono Fair held afterward included representatives from twenty organizations
in the Boston area offering pro bono opportunities for law students during the academic year. The organizations included Shelter Legal Services, the National Consumer Law Center, and the Disability Law Center.

The day was about “fostering the idea in lawyers that they should give something back to the community,” says Fishman. “And it was terrifically successful.”

At the event, Professor Daniel Kanstroom was announced as the 2007 Faculty Pro Bono Award winner for his work in immigration and human rights. The award is given annually to a member of the faculty who best exemplifies the Jesuit tradition of service to others and who leads students by example to participate in law-related pro bono work.

Kanstroom is the director of the Boston College Law School International Human Rights Program, associate director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and clinical professor of law. (Read about Professor Kanstroom’s new book, Deportation Nation, in the Scholar’s Forum.)

–Tiffany Wilding-White

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