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Gonzaga University School of Law

Gonzaga University
Gonzaga University School of Law
P.O. Box 3528
Spokane, WA 99220
www.law.gonzaga.edu

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Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Holly Brajcich
Director of Career Services
hbrajcich@lawschool.gonzaga.edu
(509) 323-6122

Gail Hammer
Asst Professor, Clinical Law Program & Director, Family Law Clinic and Co-Director of the Institute of Law School Teaching
ghammer@lawschool.gonzaga.edu
(509) 323-3724

Christy Johnson
Student - Public Service Liaison

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Category Type

Community Service Graduation Requirement Program

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Description of Program

Each student is required to complete 30 hours of public service after the first year of law school. The requirement can be satisfied by any of the following activities, if uncompensated: 1) volunteering at a non-profit charitable organization (either law- or non-law related); 2) assisting an attorney or law firm, including University Legal Assistance, on a pro bono case; or 3) serving at a public agency.

A paid student pro bono coordinator coordinates efforts with the Service Learning Coordinator on main campus at the Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL) to secure placement for interested students. Students can also secure placements on their own, with approval from the student pro bono coordinator, through the University's service learning website or through the University's Community Service Fair.

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Location of Program

With faculty

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Staffing/Management/Oversight

A professor supervises a student who is paid to coordinate the school's mandatory service program.

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Funding

Law school operating budget.

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Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Gonzaga Journal of International Law - CLE - Strategies for Effectively Defending Immigrant Clients

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Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Faculty members have a service obligation of 10 hours of pro bono or community service a year. Service on the boards of non-profit corporations is eligible.

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Awards/Recognition

Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project annual auction

Heidelberg - Gonzaga Commitment to Public Service Award

Students receive certificates for pro bono participation in clinic.

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Community Service

Mission Possible - During spring break, law students travel to disadvantaged international or national localities to volunteer their service doing a variety of projects.

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Law School Public Interest Programs

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Contact Information

Holly Brajcich
Director of Career Services
hbrajcich@lawschool.gonzaga.edu
(509) 323-6122

Gail Hammer
Asst Professor, Clinical Law Program & Director, Family Law Clinic and Co-Director of the Institute of Law School Teaching
ghammer@lawschool.gonzaga.edu
(509) 323-3724

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Certificate/Curriculum Programs

Public Interest Law Concentration includes specific course requirements and at least two consecutive semesters of at least 4 credits of Legal Clinic, or at least two consecutive semesters of at least 3 externship credits.

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Public Interest Centers

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Public Interest Clinics

Domestic Violence/Family Law

Elder Law

General Public Interest Practice

Litigation Support

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

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Externships/Internships

Types of placements: County Prosecutor's office, Public Defender's office, Superior Court, Federal Court, Court of Appeals, Bankruptcy Court, Office of U.S. Trustee, Attorney General Office.

Location of placements outside of Spokane: Alaska; Colorado; Idaho, New York; Seattle, WA; Chelan County, WA; Thurston County, WA.

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Classes with a Public Service Component

Women and the Law (Professor Mary Pat Truethart)

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Public Interest Journals

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Public Interest Career Assistance

Career Related Services:

  • Presentations on public interest career oppotunities.

  • Numerous public interest job postings.

  • NW public service job fair.

  • Spring Career Fest - 70% of participating employers were public interest.

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Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

Law school operating expenses, student fundraising, law school fundraising, faculty contributions.

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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:

Yes

Other Funding Sources:

Thomas More Scholarship Program This program provides approximately 15 students with full tuition waivers and a supportive community to enable students to realize their commitment to serving the public interest through law. Please visit the Thomas More Scholarship Program web site though www.law.gonzaga.edu.

The Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice, "The Clinic," makes work study stipends (paid at a rate of $12.00/hour)available to students who are work study qualified and who commit to a two semester sequence in the General Public Interest Practice Clinic.

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Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

Graduate Student Funded:

Yes.

Other Funding Sources:

The Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice, "The Clinic," makes work study stipends (paid at a rate of $12.00/hour)available to students who are work study qualified and who commit to a two semester sequence in the General Public Interest Practice Clinic.

Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project awards summer stipends to students working in public service projects in the U.S. and abroad.

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Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

SBA Club Fair - Club Fair

GPILP Public Interest Fair - Public Interest Job Fair

Gonzaga Journal of International Law Symposium - Symposium on international human rights

Luvera Lecture Series - Lecture on public service and public policy

William O. Douglas Lecture- Lecture on First Amendment issues

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Student Public Interest Groups

Environmental Law Caucus

Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project

Just Democracy

Sexual Orientation Diversity Alliance

Student Bar Association

Tax Law Society - VITA

Thomas More Scholars

Women's Law Caucus

Updated: 3/5/2009

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