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Concordia Law Celebrates National Pro Bono Week

Law School to Recognize Wendy Olson at Leaders in Action Event

(BOISE) – Concordia University School of Law is honoring former U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson for her leadership and commitment to the Rule of Law during the Boise-based law school’s annual Leaders in Action event on Wednesday at JUMP.

The celebration and fundraiser recognizing Olson is one of several events planned at the law school during National Pro Bono Week, which runs from Oct. 22-26 and is designed to highlight and help meet the increasing demand nationwide for pro bono legal services. During the week, Concordia Law faculty, staff and students will recognize community pro bono leaders and host education programs on pro bono services featuring Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody and former Justice Jim Jones.

The law school will also host a continuing education program on Soundstart, which provides opportunities for volunteer lawyers to educate young, low-income families about the importance of getting court orders for custody, paternity, child support, guardianships and other family-related matters before domestic problems arise.

“This is an exciting and important time of year for Concordia Law and we’re pleased to play an integral role in helping Idaho’s legal community recognize National Pro Bono Week,” said Dean Elena Langan. “One of our goals in educating and training the next generation of lawyers is to encourage each to make positive impacts in their communities.

“Before graduating, each student must provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services to underserved populations in and around Boise,” Langan said. “Many of our students actually volunteer hundreds of hours more each year in developing their expertise as attorneys, while helping those who otherwise could not afford needed legal services.”

Each year, Concordia Law hosts its Leaders in Action celebration to recognize those who have made positive impacts in their communities. The event is also designed to raise money for 5th & Front, the on-site legal clinic committed to providing access to justice for juveniles, veterans, refugees, immigrants and low-income families. Money raised this year will help fund student scholarships geared to furthering the clinic’s mission.

Langan said Olson will receive the Leader in Law award for her role as Idaho’s top federal prosecutor and a legal career that spans the public and private sectors. Olson is currently a partner in the firm Stoel Rives in Boise.

Other events planned by Concordia Law during National Pro Bono Week include:

  • Oct. 23: Soundstart Training: Sponsored by the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, Soundstart tries to meet the needs of low-income and incarcerated parents by providing education on legal issues before those matters become real life legal problems. Soundstart participants attend classes taught by volunteer attorneys who focus on family law matters.
  • Oct. 24: Make the Time. Make a Difference: Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct and Pro Bono Work. Presentations on pro bono work from Justice Robyn Brody, former Justice Jim Jones and Brad Andrews, from the Idaho State Bar Association.
  • Oct. 25: Pro Bono Fair: An opportunity to learn about the organizations that partner with Concordia Law to provide pro bono services to the community.

For more information about Leaders in Action events, or to buy tickets to the Leaders in Law event honoring Olson, contact Ann Callanan at:

Concordia Law, a private, nonprofit law school that opened in Boise in 2012, announced in August that its 2018 class of students is its second biggest on record. This month, National Jurist, in its PreLaw Magazine, ranked Concordia Law the 10th Best Value law school in the nation among private law schools. The rankings are based on criteria such as bar passage rate, employment rate and student debt.

Todd Dvorak: 208-340-6265