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Directory of Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs

Duquesne University School of Law

Duquesne University
School of Law
201 Edward J. Hanley Hall
900 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
www.law.duq.edu

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Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Ella Kwisnek
Assistant Dean for Students
Duquesne University School of Law
900 Locust Street, 209 Hanely Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: (412) 396-6279
Fax: (412) 396-6598
kwisnek@duq.edu

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Category Type

Formal Voluntary Pro Bono Program Characterized by a Referral System with a Coordinator

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Description of Program

Duquesne University's School of Law Pro Bono Program has two parts:

I. Attorney/Student Pro Bono Matching Program: Matching students with private attorneys working on pro bono cases who need student help with research, writing, litigation preparation, etc.

II. Public Interest Organizations: Pairing students with public interest legal organizations based on specific areas of interests.

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Location of Program

The program is housed within the law school

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Staffing/Management/Oversight

The program is staffed by a student coordinator, and oversight is provided by the Dean of Students.

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Funding

The Law School provides a moderate budget for the program.

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Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

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Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

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Awards/Recognition

Once a Duquesne Law student has completed and documented 30 hours of pro bono service, that student will receive a certificate of recognition for their pro bono achievement as well as a notation in the graduation program.

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Community Service

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Law School Public Interest Programs

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Contact Information

Ella Kwisnek
Assistant Dean for Students
kwisnek@duq.edu
(412) 396-6279

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Certificate/Curriculum Programs

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Public Interest Centers

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Public Interest Clinics

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Externships/Internships

Tracey McCants-Lewis, Interim Director
The Hugo L. Black Law Clinic
Duquesne University School of Law
632 Fisher Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

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Classes with a Public Service Component

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Public Interest Journals

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Public Interest Career Assistance

The Career Services Office provides directories and other resources related to Public Interest careers. The Office also hosts programs about various Public Interest careers and pays for students to attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.

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Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

William B. Billock Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). More information about the program is available online at http://www.sites.duq.edu/law/alumni/_pdf/LRAP-application09.doc.

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Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

Graduate Student Funded:

Other Funding Sources:

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Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

Graduate Student Funded:

Other Funding Sources:

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Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

When IOLTA and PILA funds are not adequate to cover all qualified applicants, the Law School has traditionally assisted by funding at least partial awards for students.

Graduate Student Funded:

An alumnus funds one award for a student working at the ACLU.

The Law Alumni Association funds one award.

Other Funding Sources:

Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program. More information about Summer Public Interest Fellowships funded with IOLTA monies can be found at http://www.sites.duq.edu/law/clinics/fellowships.cfm.

Additional Summer Public Interest Fellowships are funded with monies raised by the Law School’s Public Interest Law Association (PILA).

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Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

PILA sponsors one table talk each semester featuring students who have worked in public interest positions.

Speakers Series – PILA invites at least 2 public interest speakers per semester.

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Student Public Interest Groups

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is dedicated to increasing awareness of public interest issues as well as providing opportunities for students to gain experience in the public interest field. PILA focuses on publicizing the types of public interest careers that are available, presenting students with the opportunity to become involved in the local community by performing public service activities of a legal and non-legal nature, and raising money to fund students who wish to do summer internships with public interest employers. Contact information for the current officers can be found online at http://www.sites.duq.edu/law/student-services/organizations/pila.cfm.

Updated: 1/6/2010

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