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Skillfully in-Service

Concordia Law Celebrates National Pro Bono Week

Built on the principle of servant leadership, Concordia University School of Law is excited to participate in Pro Bono Week, October 21-25, 2019. This annual celebration, which was launched in 2009, is led by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. The initiative strives to generate pro bono interest and energy by encouraging legal organizations to collaborate and affect change in local communities through service.

“Our attorneys live in this community and the people in need are their neighbors,” said Brenda Bauges, Director of Externships and Pro Bono at Concordia Law. “Our legal community should support pro bono service because it is our neighbors who need our help and we have the skills to help them.”

Concordia Law requires all students to complete 50 hours of pro bono service before graduation, but according to Amy Henson, Career & Professional Development Advisor, many go above and beyond that threshold.  “We hope that the habits and actions that the students start in law school will be carried on with them as they enter society,” said Henson. “Attorneys are considered leaders in our society, and we are working to encourage those future leaders to hold service as a priority in their practice.”  

Throughout the week, Concordia Law will offer a variety of pro bono CLEs (continuing legal education) and service opportunities. In advance of Pro Bono Week, Justice Robin Brody of the Idaho Supreme Court and Judge Andrew Ellis of the Idaho Fourth Judicial District taught a CLE about Child Protection on the Concordia Law campus.

The Concordia Law community is proud to take part in Pro Bono Week with the following activities:

Boise Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA)
Tuesday, October 22 & Wednesday, October 23

Students—each paired with a local family law attorney—will host a clinic where they will participate client intake activities and provide general family law legal advice for WCA clients and guests.

Pro Bono Fair 
Thursday, October 24

Student pro bono liaisons will host a pro bono fair for all Concordia Law students. Attending students can learn about the school’s legal partners and upcoming pro bono opportunities in which they can participate.

Idaho Military Legal Alliance Clinic
Friday, October 25

Students interested in participating in the Wills, Trusts, and Estates Clinic hosted at the Boise VA Hospital on November 15 are required to complete a training clinic first. Here’s a great opportunity to do that. The Idaho Military Legal Alliance is hosting a training session that will instruct students how to effectively and efficiently work with local attorneys in preparing documents used to draft directives on behalf of local Veterans.

“Each time an attorney helps someone who would otherwise go unrepresented for inability to pay for services, that attorney walks away knowing that someone’s life was better simply because that attorney was in it,” said Bauges. From helping a family fight housing discrimination, to protecting domestic violence victims, and defending employees unlawfully terminated because of his or her sexual orientation, lawyers can make an invaluable difference in the lives of any citizen who is unable to pay for legal services.

To learn more about Concordia School of Law’s Pro Bono Programs. And, for more information about National Pro Bono Week, please visit probono.net/celebrateprobono/about/.