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Directory of Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Lesar Law Building
1150 Douglas Drive
Mail Code 6804
Carbondale, IL 62901
www.law.siu.edu

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Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Alicia Ruiz
Director of Communications and Outreach
(618) 453-8700
aruiz@siu.edu

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Category Type

Independent Student Pro Bono Group Projects with no school-wide program

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Description of Program

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Location of Program

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Staffing/Management/Oversight

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Funding

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Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Equal Justice Works– Free legal classes for the public taught by law school faculty on Law Day.

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Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Veteran’s Legal Assistance Program -- provides pro bono legal services to honorably discharged Illinois veterans appealing disability claims with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. VLAP is a start point to partner with regional veteran service organizations and local Department of Veterans Affairs offices to assist in the relief of caseload backlog. It provides legal assistance to area veterans who cannot afford or do not have access to legal representation in the appeals of claims for compensation for service-connected disabilities.

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Awards/Recognition

The Annual Awards Ceremony is attended by students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and friends of the School of Law. Public Service award recipients are recognized at this ceremony.

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Community Service

The Student Bar Association and various other student organizations select community service projects each year.

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Law School Public Interest Programs

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Contact Information

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Certificate/Curriculum Programs

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Public Interest Centers

Immigration Detention Center Project

Center for Health Law and Policy

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Public Interest Clinics

Civil Practice (Elder Law) Clinic– The Elderly Clinic provides free legal service to persons sixty and over who live in the thirteen southernmost counties in Illinois. Typical cases within the Elderly Clinic include drafting wills, powers of attorney for health care and property, and representing clients in guardianship proceedings.

Domestic Violence Clinic – Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of domestic violence in select counties in southern Illinois. In a typical case, the student interviews the victim, conducts research, prepares for trial, and represents the victim in obtaining a court order of protection.

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Externships/Internships

Public Interest & Judicial Externship Clinics: Students in the externship clinics work in city, state, and federal or non-profit law offices, or as judicial law clerks. Externs learn research techniques, fact investigation, legal document drafting, computer skills, and client interviewing and counseling. Students with a 711 student practice license can appear in court and represent clients under attorney supervision.

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Classes with a Public Service Component

Bankruptcy– Students prepared the Consumer Protection module for the School of Law's Self Help Legal Center.

Regulation of Health Care Providers – Students prepare draft legislation, look for a legislator to sponsor, and then lobby for public health initiatives in Illinois

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Public Interest Journals

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Public Interest Career Assistance

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Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

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Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

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Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

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Summer Fellowships

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Joseph R. Bartylak Public Interest Fellowships

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Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Lesar Lecture Series – This lecture series, endowed by our founding dean, generally focuses on human rights issues.

Grayson Distinguished Lecture Series – This lecture series focuses on the disciplines of law and medicine; it encourages leadership and creative involvement by the legal community to address the many challenges facing our nation’s health care system.

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Student Public Interest Groups

Equal Justice Works

Law Day Event - (Providing Legal Services to the Community)

Law School Democrats

Law School Republicans

Lesbian and Gay Law Student Association

Phi Alpha Delta

Student Bar Association

Women's Law Forum

Updated: 1/6/2010

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