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Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children Pro Bono Activities

Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children

Chairs: Bruce Boyer

Staff:

Moreen Murphy

202 662-1675

murphym@staff.abanet.org.

LINK: http://www.abanet.org/unmet/

Description:

The Steering Committee both monitors makes recommendations on pro bono work to address children's legal needs.

The Steering Committee's new Report, America's Children Still at Risk, recommends that law schools integrate public service elements into their curriculum; that law students consider the importance of public interest law and public service as they contemplate their legal futures; and that lawyers give more of their time to do pro bono work for children.

The Steering Committee implements its first project associated with the Report's recommendations to perform pro bono work for children by supporting the creation of "school-based legal clinics" across the country in an upcoming publication that will guide interested parties about how to start a clinic.

Volunteers and Cases:

The Committee has 16 members who, although do personal individual pro bono work, do not perform direct pro bono work as representatives of the Committee. Rather, they seek to encourage and involve lawyers to do pro bono work and create local pro bono projects.

Awards

"Higginbotham Student Award for Excellence in an Essay" on children's unmet legal needs. This contest is meant to encourage law student's interest in areas of public interest law that pertains to children.

Updated: 12/14/2006

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