Upcoming Events and Trainings
***Remember, you must complete the online Ethics Course prior to to commencing training for, or volunteering at, your placement. Any hours you may have earned prior to completing the ethics course cannot be counted toward Pro Bono Society membership. Details about the requirement and the course itself can be found here.
Indian Wills Caravan
The trip will provide a number of wills clinics for Native American tribal members throughout western Wisconsin. At the clinics, volunteer attorneys and law students will prepare wills and other estate planning documents at no charge for eligible tribal members.
Attorney Armstrong will provide training to law students on the first day of the project. For the next three days, the students will implement their training by drafting, under direct attorney supervision, culturally responsive wills and other estate planning documents for indigent Native Americans at different tribal locations throughout Wisconsin. In prior years, Armstrong’s group, which consisted of he and 10 Columbia Law students, created 250 wills.
When: Sunday, March 29 - Wednesday, April 1
Where: Northern Wisconsin
Come to an Informational Session: Tuesday 1/27 from 12:15 -12:30 in Room 2225 OR Wednesday 1/28 from 6:00 - 6:15 in Room 2221.
Otherwise, email Tiffany at email@example.com with questions or if you can't attend.
Sunshine Legal Clinic
Attorney Joshua Kindkeppel is seeking law students to assist with client intake and interviews at the Sunshine Legal Clinic in Sun Prairie. This free legal clinic is the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm. Please read more here.
CLE Presentation Opportunity
The Pro Bono Program is looking for 3 students to collaborate on creating a detailed CLE presentation about best practices in pro bono representation for attorneys and judges to present around Wisconsin. This project will take place during the Spring Semester with each student devoting approximately 20-25 hours. Every three weeks there will be a meeting with supervising attorney Laura Smythe, otherwise communication will be through email. The initial meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, January 26. The presentation is due on Monday, April 20 with a submission to the Board of Bar Examiners soon thereafter.
We are looking for 2Ls or 3Ls who have contributed at
least 10 hours of pro bono service. To apply please send a paragraph of
interest and a short explanation of your pro bono service to Laura Smythe at
firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on Monday, January 26.
Western District of Wisconsin Pro Bono Opportunity
The UW Law School Pro Bono Program and the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association Pro Bono Committee are pleased to announce a new opportunity for students. Starting January 2015, students can sign up to be matched with an attorney who is working on a pro bono case in the Western District of Wisconsin.
The majority of these cases are inmate civil suits against the state and its employees alleging deliberate indifference and excessive force. Attorneys are looking for students who are interested in this type of work and in seeing how things are done behind the scenes since federal cases do not have many hearings. Student participation will vary depending on the needs of the attorney. Students may work with the attorney for the duration of a case, a small portion of the case, or for just a specific project, such as pulling together jury instructions, doing legal research and drafting memos, or helping with depositions.
Please contact Amanda at email@example.com if you are interested in this opportunity and stay tuned for more information!
Through the Wisconsin Wills for Heroes Program, volunteer lawyers, students and support personnel participate in clinics scheduled for first responder organizations around the state. At these events, volunteer lawyers and students prepare wills and other estate planning documents free of charge for eligible first responders and their spouses or domestic partners. Interested students should register as witnesses for the morning, afternoon, or both. Students who are notaries in Wisconsin may register for either a notary or witness slot.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department
Saturday, January 31
9 am to 4 pm
Oak Creek Fire Department
Saturday, November 8
9 am to 4 pm
"The Pro Bono Program is an excellent resource available to the
students here at the University of Wisconsin. It provided me with a
great opportunity to obtain real world experience beyond the lessons
learned in the classroom, writing memos, reviewing expert testimony,
providing research in a capital case, and assisting valued members of
the community to prepare their wills. This can be especially helpful to
students who do not have time outside of school and family to pursue a
full-time internship. A key part of our role as future lawyers is to
help people, and the Pro Bono Program helps you do just that."