Pro Bono Opportunities

Many student organizations are already active in the community.  Student groups volunteer, sponsor public interest speakers, and raise money for the Public Interest Summer Stipends.  In addition, several student organizations coordinate their own public service projects.  For example, the Environmental Law Society provides invaluable research for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.  The Women's Law Caucus administers a debating program with the Juvenile Detention Center of the City of St. Louis.  In addition, the International Law Society, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, educates high school students about humanitarian law through the International Humanitarian Law Teaching Project.  The Missouri Bar has additional information to help locate and facilitate pro bono opportunities at http://www.mobarprobono.org/home.aspx

The Assistant Director for the Student Services and the Public Service Advisory Board can provide assistance to other student organizations that want to implement public service projects.  We can facilitate communication with public service organizations, provide administrative support, and help with publicity.

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Contact: To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a current resume to vlaa@stlrac.org
Description: VLAA provides legal services to artists and art-related non-profit organizations.  They invite law students to apply for volunteer positions.  The following blurb is from the VLAA website: We … welcome law students who would like to volunteer during the academic year or summer months. Generally, students select a research project and work independently or in small groups. Some students assist with administrative tasks. We look for self-motivated, energetic and reliable law students.

The Center for Women in Transition
Contact: erin@cqitstl.org
Description: This independent program provides advocacy and mentoring for recently released ex-offenders. The Center for Women in Transition is looking for mentors and other volunteers to provide program support.

Project REACH
Contact: jdmayo@wulaw.wustl.edu
Description: This independent program provides advocacy and mentoring for recently released ex-offenders. There will be a Project REACH mentor training session here at the law school in October.  If interested, please contact jdmayo@wulaw.wustl.edu.  The training session will be held at a time convenient for all interested. 

KETC Channel 9, St. Louis Public Television
Contract: Emily Haight at (314) 512-9000 or facilitators@ninevoices.org
Description: KETC has a new project called nineVoices.  The website says: “nineVoices is a forum where community voices, ideas and solutions can emerge to explore issues that matter to the St. Louis region. It’s a place where a diversity of individuals from around the region can engage in dialogue that strengthens our community.” Emily Haight is the Special Projects Manager at Channel 9, and she is interested in volunteers who can work on their own time to recruit individuals and organizations to participate in nineVoices.  Depending on the direction in which your volunteer work goes, this may or may not qualify for the Pro Bono Pledge.  Please approve all projects before counting on using those hours to fulfill your commitment.

St. Louis Interfaith Committee on Latin America
Contact: 314-721-2977 or ifcla@ifcla.net
Description: Monitor legislation at national, state, and local levels regarding immigration    and/or Latin America.  Staff has expressed a willingness to work with students    who develop their own policy-related projects.

St. Louis NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community)
Contact: Amy Neuman, 314.442.3808 or aneuman@jfedstl.org
Description: St. Louis NORC describes itself as “a non-sectarian program that supports the healthy aging of adults 65+ in their own homes by providing opportunities for meaningful community involvement and increased access to support services.”  The organization is very interested in giving volunteers an opportunity to use their professional skills.  Depending on the direction in which your volunteer work goes, this may or may not qualify for the Pro Bono Pledge.  Please approve all projects before counting on using those hours to fulfill your commitment.

Arch City Defenders
Contact: mail@archcitydefenders.org;
Website: http://www.archcitydefenders.org
Description: ArchCity Defenders’ interdisciplinary team of professionals uses a holistic, client-centered approach to legal representation. This approach equips our staff and community partners to zealously advocate for our clients legally, and also provides the knowledge and resources needed to work with our clients’ on non-legal matters. In addition to the best possible legal outcomes, the ArchCity Defenders strives for long-term solutions. We work to break the cycle of revolving door justice in the St. Louis metropolitan region, one client at a time.

For a list of additional public service organizations that may be able to help you complete your Pro Bono Pledge hours, see the list [view list].

You should also check out service opportunities offered by different student organizations [view list].