Pro Bono Outreach

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. 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!

Stay up to date on pro bono news through the ABA Pro Bono Exchange here.

“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)

Who We Are

The AJMLS Pro Bono Program is a Formal Voluntary Program that is managed by the Office of Experiential Learning and Pro Bono Programs. This program is designed to give students the freedom to find and volunteer for pro bono opportunities (must meet the pro bono definition) on their own. To help students with their pro bono interests, the office maintains a list of pro bono organizations and opportunities (below) that students can use to help them as well as a list of AJMLS-specific programs.

Process

  • Students find a pro bono activity/organization of interest
  • Students contact the organization directly to learn if volunteer opportunities exist and how they can volunteer
  • Students enter their hours into 12Twenty

At the end of the year, the students with the most volunteer hours are recognized at graduation and celebrated during the academic year.

Mission

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.

What is Pro Bono Work?

  • PRO BONO is service that is law-related work that renders meaningful service to a legal non-profit organization or a person of limited means. Ex. Legal Aid society, public defender’s office, student org/events with a legal component.
  • PUBLIC INTEREST is work that includes service to groups or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights. Ex. District Attorney’s Office, Government Agencies, Administrative Advocacy.

Upcoming Events

October 6 to October 31, 2020: Picturing Justice – Online Exhibit

November 14, 2020: Run for Justice

Pro Bono Awards

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.

Pro Bono Month: 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.

Please enter your hours on 12Twenty. A prize will be given for the most hours completed!

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. Contact the pro bono opportunity or organization of your choice directly to learn how you can volunteer! 

Pro Bono Programs

Pro Bono Organizations and Resources

This list is only a starting point. All students have the freedom to find their own pro bono experience and are encouraged to also seek opportunities outside of this list.

Students MUST contact the organization or pro bono opportunity of interest directly to learn how they can volunteer.

Organizations

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

Websites

www.celebrateprobono.org
www.probono.net/network/volunteer/
www.atlantabar.org/page/OLRProBono
https://www.legalaidprobono.org/

AJMLS Programs (Postponed until further notice)

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).

Contact Us

TeamTitleEmailPhone
Dr. Bridgett OrtegaAssociate Dean of Career Services
and Professional Development
bortega@johnmarshall.edu(678) 916-2678
B. Taylor BartlettDirector of Career Developmenttbartlett@johnmarshall.edu(678) 916-2612
Angela SumpterCareer Services and Professional Development Coordinatorasumpter@johnmarshall.edu(678) 916-2697
Paul WilsonExperiential Learning Program Administratorpwilson@johnmarshall.edu(678) 916-2613