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PALS Program at University of Memphis’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Observes October: Pro-Bono Month

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PALS Program at University of Memphis’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Observes October: Pro-Bono Month
By Rebecca E. Neely


During the month of October, for maintaining pro bono work, students at the University of Memphis’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of
Law will join legal professionals across the country.




Different legal service projects have been coordinated by the       a Shelby County General Sessions Court clinic, and one at the
school’s Public Action Law Society (PALS), in which students        Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library.
will participate. These include a board discussion with legal
service groups, and a Volunteer Fair at the law school. During      PALS will also partner Shelby County Juvenile Court to provide
the fair, students will have the opportunity to meet with           assistants and jury auditors at the new “Youth Court” peer
representatives from non-profit organizations and public            justice hearings for juvenile respondents.
service agencies.
                                                                    In addition, PALS plans partnering with the Association of
According to the October 6th wmctv.com article, “Law students       Women Attorneys for supporting its annual Dress for Success
perform community pro bono work”, Dorcas Young, with the            Clothing Drive.
Shelby County Division of Community Services was quoted as
saying: “I can’t overstate how much law students are a useful,      Also, in 2012 PALS will conduct its second annual Alternative
untapped resource in our efforts to do the best work possible       Spring Break Program, which brings law students from around
for Shelby County citizens.”                                        the country in sync. Over the course of a week, they take part
                                                                    in public interest advocacy and community service projects.
In September, PALS participated in managing a legal institute
at the city of Memphis’s first annual Project Homeless              Anna Benson, third-year law student and PALS vice president
Connect, a one day event providing a category of social             was quoted as saying: “We’re hoping to capitalize on the
services for over 40 percent of the population, homeless            momentum from last year’s program. We served more than
in the city. As a result of this, students were able to match       100 clients in one week in 2011, and next year we hope to
almost 100 clients with Shelby County Public Defender’s Office      provide even more people with equal access to justice.”
attorneys from the, Memphis Area Legal Services, along with
the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, LLC.            The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
                                                                    is an American Bar Association accredited law school and is
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was quoted as saying: “Sitting        the only law school in the city of Memphis.
down with a homeless individual who is in great need, but
lacking even basic resources, and helping that individual           The Public Action Law Society (PALS) at the University of
navigate our legal system is an extraordinary gesture of            Memphis is a student-led organization seeking to encourage
compassion and service by these law students. The University        volunteerism, community service, and a pattern of activities
of Memphis and our entire community should be very proud            that will inspire participants to continue in pro bono work
of these young leaders and how they have used their skills in       after becoming attorneys, according to information at the law
service of their fellow citizens.”                                  school’s website. Volunteers are matched with community
                                                                    service organizations based on their interests and abilities.
Other projects in which PALS is involved include working with
the Memphis Area Legal Services to coordinate volunteers for




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