October is Pro Bono Month! AJMLS encourages everyone (students, faculty, staff) to answer the call by doing Pro Bono service throughout the month of October. Our goal is to hit 200 hours. Join the cause and be a Pro Bono Hero.
Please enter your hours on 12Twenty. A prize will be given for the most hours completed!
“Lawyers have a license to practice law, a monopoly on certain services. But for that privilege and status, lawyers have an obligation to provide legal services to those without the wherewithal to pay, to respond to needs outside themselves, to help repair tears in their communities.”
– U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 2014)
The AJMLS Pro Bono Program is structured as a Formal Voluntary Program and the Office of Experiential Learning and Pro Bono Programs maintains a list of pro bono organizations and opportunities (below). Students select the pro bono activity that interests them and contacts the organization to volunteer. The student provides the Office with the name of the organization and tracks the number of hours worked through 12Twenty. Students with the most volunteer hours are recognized at graduation and celebrated during the academic year.
The AJMLS Pro Bono Program reinforces the mission of the law school – promoting the development of a student body and faculty with a strong social conscious and dedication to improving the legal system and society.
The Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears Pro Bono Award
This award is given to the graduating student with the highest overall pro bono hours.
Excellence In Pro Bono Service Award
This award is given to any graduating student who is in the top 10% of total pro bono hours accumulated during their law school career.
Pro Bono Distinction Award
This award is given to any student who completes the minimum amount of 75 hours of pro bono service during an academic year.
October is Pro Bono Month! AJMLS encourages everyone (students, faculty, staff) to answer the call by doing Pro Bono service throughout the month of October.
In honor of National Pro Bono Week, we set a school-wide goal to hit 200 hours from October 20 to October 26. Join the cause and be a Pro Bono Hero. Enter your hours on 12Twenty. A prize will be given for the most hours completed!
If you are interested in participating in any of the programs below, please complete the interest form in the above section. A great way to start your Pro Bono service is by signing up to learn more about specific AJMLS Pro Bono programs.
AJMLS Programs (Fall 2019)
Department of Community Affairs (DCA) – Hearing Officer
Commitment: serve at least one day per quarter.
Duties: To serve as an impartial “judge” to review terminations of HCV program participants; to ensure that DCA is in compliance with HUD rules and the DCA Administrative Plan; to ensure that participants who are terminated have an opportunity to be heard.
Street Law at Forest Park High School (spring semester)
12 week program of law-related education for high school students which ends with a Mock Trial held at a local courthouse. Students can sign-up for individual sessions.
Veterans Homeless Law Clinic at For McPherson Army Base (continuous)
Once a month, students assist walk-in clients with legal issues under the supervision of a practicing attorney.
Young Litigators Project (fall and spring semesters)
Students mentor and coach high school students for a Mock Trial (Trial- Voting Rights).
Additional Pro Bono Organizations and Resources
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Catholic Charities of Atlanta
Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc.
Clayton County Pro-Bono Project
Cobb Justice Foundation
Dekalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Georgia Advocacy Office
Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network
Georgia Innocence Project
Georgia Justice Project
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Georgia Legal Services Program
Pro-Bono Partnership Atlanta
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