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An Academic Year in Review: 2013-2014
March 16, 2015
Read the Pro Bono Program's 2013-2014 Annual Report to learn more about the Pro Bono Program and the accomplishments of our pro bono volunteers. 

Volunteer of the Fall 2014 Semester
March 4, 2015
The Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce that 2L Tiffany Woelfel has been selected as the Volunteer of the Fall 2014 Semester. Tiffany has an impressive history with the Pro Bono Program that began during her 1L year. She has volunteered with many pro bono opportunities, including Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief (LADR), Legal Intervention for Non-Violence Clinic (LINC), Veterans Law Center (VLC), and Wills for Heroes. Additionally, Tiffany coordinated the Winter 2015 LADR Trip and is currently coordinating the Spring Break 2015 Indian Wills Caravan Trip.  Overall, Tiffany has contributed more than 100 hours of pro bono service. Congratulations Tiffany!


Tiffany Woelfel, 2L

Winter 2014 Pro Bono Society Inductees
December 9th, 2014
This month we are delighted to induct 11 new members into the Pro Bono Society. Congratulations to Hillary Annin, Anna Dontje, Diana Eisenberg, Laura Graham, Courtney Hollander, Matt Lantta, Bridget Laurent, Zach Leigh, Alex Lewein, Chris Moore, and Shaun O'Connell!! Thank you all for your hard work and commitment to pro bono service. 

  
Back Row: Matt, Shaun, Hillary, Chris, Alex, Laura
     Front Row: Zach, Diana, Bridget

New Pro Bono Program Director
August 25th, 2014

The Pro Bono Program is pleased to welcome Laura Smythe as the new Director of the Pro Bono Program. Laura is a UW Law School alum and is delighted to be back. She previously worked as an attorney in private practice in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a teacher and Assistant Principal of a private school, and as a full-time mediator. As a school administrator Laura integrated a service-learning component into the curricula for grades 1- 12. She is also currently serving as Executive Director of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay, teaches undergraduate and graduate students as adjunct faculty at several different universities, and works with the Wisconsin Department of Health to offer mediation training to staff of Aging and Disability Resource Centers all around the state of Wisconsin. Laura serves on the Board of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Wisconsin State Bar and is Vice-Chair of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).

Pro Bono Program Volunteer of the Semester
June 9th, 2014
The Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce that rising 3L Liz Bradley has been selected as the 2014 Volunteer of the Spring Semester. Liz has volunteered with a number of different Pro Bono Program opportunities, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC), and the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC). Liz has contributed a total of 91 hours to these opportunities. Further, Liz has been a volunteer with the Pro Bono Program since the beginning of her 1L year, and she has since taken on a supervisory role for CILC. Liz goes above and beyond for her pro bono opportunities and is a wonderful asset to the Program. In recognition of all her pro bono work, Liz also received the Dane County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award in May. Congratulations Liz! 


                                         

Liz Bradley & Dane County Judge Julie Genovese

New Pro Bono Program Coordinator
May 9th, 2014

The Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce that Amanda Meyers will be the Pro Bono Program Coordinator for the 2014-2015 school year. Amanda is a rising 3L who has been actively involved in the Pro Bono Program. She has participated in the Indian Wills Caravan, Unemployment Appeals Clinic, Wills for Heroes, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Veterans Law Center, and Legal Intervention for Nonviolence Clinic. Amanda hopes to continue to enhance the Pro Bono Program and increase student participation therein. 

Pro Bono Program Volunteer of the Semester
February 11th, 2014
The Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce that 2L Andrew Brooks has been selected as the 2013 Volunteer of the Fall Semester. Andrew is one of two Veterans Law Center Student Coordinators and has contributed over 100 hours to the VLC in that role, acting as a liaison between students, the Pro Bono staff and volunteer attorneys. Additionally, Andrew is always volunteering to share his knowledge regarding the VLC and veterans' issues with anyone who asks. Most recently Andrew has been sharing his experience scheduling over 100 student volunteers with the student coordinators from the new civil legal clinic helping survivors of domestic abuse. Andrew's incredible willingness to help out others while expecting no recognition is what makes him the Pro Bono Program Volunteer of the Semester. Congratulations Andrew! 


Andrew Brooks (2L)

Pro Bono Program's 2012-2013 Annual Report
January 21st, 2014
Check out the Pro Bono Program's 2012-2013 Annual Report for a look at everything our student and community volunteers accomplished this past year. 

Cary Bloodworth selected as Volunteer of the Semester by Pro Bono Program
June 26th, 2013

The Pro Bono Program has selected Cary Bloodworth as its Volunteer of the Semester for her work with Dane County Court-Appointed Special Advocates. Bloodworth not only served as a CASA program participant, but she also led a volunteer recruitment effort at the Law School, which resulted in ten additional CASA volunteers.

Spring Pro Bono Society Inductees
May 16th, 2013
The Pro Bono Society is proud to induct thirty-three new members into the society for their pro bono service. Congratulations to them and all our May graduates. Learn more about the Pro Bono Society and how to get involved click here.

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Pro Bono Program Director Ann Zimmerman inducting 3L Douglas Huenick into the Pro Bono Society

Veterans Law Center Highlighted in the the Latest Issue of the Gargoyle
May 15th, 2013

Free legal assistance for Dane County veterans became available last November, when the University of Wisconsin Law School launched its new Veterans Law Center. The center provides veterans with basic legal information, as well as guidance for civil cases. Since opening, it has served approximately sixty veterans. Read more here.

Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator Awarded the Peggy Browning Fellowship
May 3rd, 2013

Andrew Brooks, a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School and VLC Student Coordinator, has been awarded a ten-week summer fellowship by the Peggy Browning Fund. The fellowship honors law students who excel academically and who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of workers’ rights. Read more here.

Veterans Law Center Board Member Assists Boston Marathon Victims
May 1st, 2013

William "BJ" Ganem, a member of the Veterans Law Center Advisory Board and Team Lead for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, has traveled twice to Boston to visit patients with injuries from the bombing in order to lift their spirits and provide advice on how to overcome injuries. Read more about his team's exploits here and here.

DCBA Pro Bono Breakfast
May 1, 2013

UW Law Student Lia Ocasio (2L), Attorney Margaret Maroney '78, and Foley & Lardner (Brian H. Potts and Eric J. Hatchell '11, who were recognized for their work, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.) received awards for outstanding pro bono contributions at the annual Dane County Bar Association (DCBA) Pro Bono Breakfast. Read more about Lia here.

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Pro Bono Program Director Ann Zimmerman and 2L Lia Ocasio

Pro Bono Program Advisor wins Clinical Teacher of the Year Award
April 17th, 2013

Prof. Ben Kempinen (pictured below) has been named the Law School's 2012 Clinical Teacher of the Year. A member of the Law School’s clinical faculty since 1976, Kempinen has directed the Frank J. Remington Center's Prosecution Project since August 2000. He is also one of the Pro Bono Program faculty advisors.

Kempinen, Ben

Pro Bono Program Summer Opportunities Event
April 13th, 2013

The Career Services Office and the Pro Bono Program talked to students about how to work pro bono into their summer. If you weren't able to come to the event and your interested in doing more pro bono during the summer, please contact Jonathan Seok.

2L Greg Vanevenhoven talks about his experience on the Indian Wills Caravan
March 11th, 2013

The UW Law School Media Department asked 2L Greg Vanevenhoven, one of ten students participating in the Pro Bono Program's Indian Wills Caravan, what the opportunity meant to him. Read his responses here.

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2L Law Student Greg Vanevenhoven helping a client.

3L Jen Cunha Wins Outstanding Public Interest Law Student Award
March 8th, 2013

3L Jennifer Cunha, shown here with Brynne McBride, Assistant Director at ABC for Health, has won the state bar’s Outstanding Public Interest Law Student Award. She received the award at the Wisconsin Equal Justice Conference. Congratulations! To learn more about the Law School's public interest clinics and pro bono opportunities, click here.

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Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) Training Session
February 15th, 2013

Over 10 students came to the CILC Volunteer Training session to learn how to provide legal services to immigrants and their families here in Dane County. To learn more about CILC, click here

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Law students learning about immigration law

Veterans Law Center Student Training Session
February 8th, 2013

Over twenty students came to the VLC Student Volunteer Training session to learn how to provide civil legal services low income veterans and their families here in Dane County. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, click here.

The Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Dane County Comes to the Law School
February 7th, 2013

Representatives from CASA came to talk about this amazing volunteer opportunity! Serving as a CASA is a great way to earn APPROVED Pro Bono Society hours, learn about the child welfare system, and get involved in the community. To learn more about CASA, click here. For more information, contact Kellyn McCullough.

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1L Alex Lewein talks his experience volunteering at CASA (on left) and CASA staff talk about their organization (on right)

Pro Bono Program Director awarded the "Leaders in Law" Award
February 6th, 2013

Ann Zimmerman, director of UW Law School's Pro Bono Program, has been named a 2013 Leaders in the Law honoree by Wisconsin Law Journal. Each year, the Leaders in the Law program recognizes Wisconsin attorneys, judges and educators who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision and expertise in the legal profession. Read more here. 

3L Jennifer Cunha wins Super Lawyer Pro Bono Award
February 5th, 2013

Jennifer Cunha is in her final year at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she’ll earn her J.D. and a master’s degree in public affairs. In her tenure at the university, Cunha served as president of Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief (LADR), supported and expanded the law school’s Pro Bono Program and participated in a number of academic clinical courses. To learn more about her endeavors, click here

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3L Law Student Jennifer Cunha pictured above.

Tenant Resource Center Comes to UW Law School
February 2nd & 3rd, 2013

Tenant Resource Center trained law students who want to volunteer at TRC this semester. Students completed a mandatory 12 hour training in federal, state, and local housing laws. They will then help local tenants in need of assistance in the community this semester.

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Tenant Resource Center volunteer Caroline (on left) and LLM Law Students Hua Yao, Yujia Wei, and Yue Zhang (on right).

2013 Pro Bono Pizza Panel
January 28th, 2013

Over 50 law students joined the Pro Bono Program for an informational panel and learned more about pro bono opportunities happening during spring semester. Panelists include student and attorney representatives from Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief, the Veterans Law Center, Community Justice Inc., Tenant Resource Center, Indian Wills Caravan Winter Break Trip, and the Time Bank Youth Court!

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Students and staff listening to the panelists speak about their pro bono experiences

Students Write Wills for the Indian Wills Caravan Project
January 14th-18th, 2013
The trip took place from January 14th-18th. Ten Law students traveled with two supervising attorneys to Baraboo, Black River Falls, Nekoosa, and back to Madison in order to write culturally sensitive wills and other estate planning documents for Native Americans. The group wrote 78 wills during the trip. Special thanks to the Ho-Chunk Nation, Wisconsin Judicare, Easter Seals of Wisconsin, Associated Students Madison, and Julie Short for their support. 

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Indian Will Caravan participants and attorneys (on left) and  Attorney Supervisor Julie Short with 2L Law Student Leslie Freehill (on right).

Zion Lutheran Church Donates to the Veterans Law Center
January 15th, 2013

Zion Lutheran Church generously donated funds to help operate the Veterans Law Center, a free walk-in legal clinic for military service members, veterans and their families. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November here.

Pro Bono Program Volunteer of the Semester
December 18th, 2012

The Pro Bono Program selected Lia Ocasio as the Pro Bono Program Volunteer of the Semester for her work at Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) this fall as both the program coordinator and as a volunteer. She also showed great initiative by creating Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Workshops (DACA), a new pro bono opportunity for law students and a new resource for the community. Congratulations Lia!

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Lia Ocasio (2L)

Fall Pro Bono Society Inductees
December 16th, 2012
The Pro Bono Society is proud to induct five new members into the society for their pro bono service. Congratulations to Kathleen Marschman, Jacob Rome, Leigh Neville-Neil, Jessica Moeller, and Chenhao Xin for all their hard work. Learn more about the Pro Bono Society and how to get involved click here.

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Pro Bono Society Inductee Jessica Moeller with her son (on left) and  Pro Bono Society Inductee Chenhao Xin with Pro Bono Program Director Ann Zimmerman (on right).

For more pictures from Graduation click here. 

New Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator
December 12th, 2012

Andrew Brooks (1L) will be the new Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator starting Spring Semester. He takes over for Kathleen Marschman who is graduating this semester. The VLC and the Pro Bono Program thank her for all her hard work and wish her luck in her future endeavors.

Wills for Heroes Featured on the UW Law School Homepage
December 4th, 2012

One of our Pro Bono Partners, Wills for heroes was highlighted in a recent University of Wisconsin Law School article. Read more about UW Law School students making a difference here. To learn more about Wills for Heroes, click here.

Veterans Law Center Grand Opening
November 8th, 2012

The University of Wisconsin Law School Pro Bono Program has launched a new resource for local veterans in need of civil legal assistance: the Veterans Law Center (VLC). VLC is a free legal center staffed by volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students. The center serves low-income veterans and their families, providing brief legal advice, information and referrals on a variety of civil legal matters. Read about the Grand Opening here and here. For more information about the VLC, please click here.


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National Celebrate Pro Bono Week
October 21st-October 25th, 2012

The Pro Bono Program was an enthusiastic participant in the American Bar Association's annual Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Learn more about how we got involved!

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2L Dan Rock learns more about pro bono (one left) and 2L Greg Vanevenhoven cuts cake for students (on right).

Veterans Law Center Attorney Training Session
October 3rd, 2012

Over 50 attorneys and paralegals came to the Attorney/Paralegal Volunteer Training session to learn how to provide civil legal services low income veterans and their families here in Dane County. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November click here.

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Donates to the Veterans Law Center
October 1st, 2012

In honor of its employees who are military veterans or have family members who have served or are serving in the military, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. generously donated $5,000 to help fund the Veterans Law Center, a free walk-in legal clinic for military service members, veterans and their families. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November here.

Economic Justice Institute Newsletter
September 31st, 2012

The Pro Bono Program is featured in the Economic Justice Institute's Winter 2011 newsletter. Read the article here.

Veterans Law Center Student Training Session
September 21st, 2012

Over thirty students came to the VLC Student Volunteer Training session to learn how to provide civil legal services low income veterans and their families here in Dane County. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November click here. 

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Prof. Kempinen talks about ethics (on left) and  Law Students sign up for the VLC sessions (on right).

Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
September 18th, 2012

On September 18th, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission held a public hearing moderated by our very own, Marsha Mansfield from the Economic Justice Institute at the Madison Area Technical College. They heard from local community members, judges, lawyers, social services agencies and others who shared their experiences about providing or finding civil legal assistance for low income people in Wisconsin. To learn more about the commission hearing click here.

3rd Annual Pro Bono Program Reception
September 13th, 2012

The Pro Bono Program held its annual reception, featuring guest speakers State Bar President-Elect Patrick Fiedler, Dean Margaret Raymond, Attorney Julie Short of Easter Seals of Wisconsin, and 2L Law Student Patrick O’Neill. The guest speakers spoke about the importance of doing pro bono work in the community and highlighted the recent success of the Pro Bono Program’s efforts. To learn more about the Pro Bono Program, please visit our website here. 

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1Ls Eileen Dorfman and Erin Gasparka listening to the reception speakers

Pro Bono Program's 2011-2012 Annual Report
August 8, 2012

Read the Pro Bono Program's 2011-2012 Annual Report to learn more about the accomplishments of UW law students committed to pro bono service. Check it out here.

Volunteer of the Semester
June 11, 2012

Patrick O'Neill (1L) has been selected as the Pro Bono Program's Volunteer of the Semester for Spring 2012. Read about his pro bono experience.

Pro Bono Society Induction
May 17, 2012

Twenty-one students from the May 2012 graduating class graduated with pro bono distinction and became members of the University of Wisconsin Law School's Pro Bono Society. Read more here.

Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission
May 14, 2012

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission released a video explaining why access to justice is so important, both in Wisconsin and in the legal community as a whole.

DCBA Pro Bono Breakfast
May 2, 2012

UW Law Student Jennifer Cunha, Attorney Wes Taylor ‘09, and the Community Immigration Law Center received awards for outstanding pro bono contributions at the annual Dane County Bar Association (DCBA) Pro Bono Breakfast. Read more here.

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Clinical Professor Marsha Mansfield, 2L Jen Cunha, and local attorney Jennifer Binkley

Message From the Chief Justice
March 21, 2012

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson encourages attorneys to get involved in their communities during National Volunteer Week (April 15th-21st) and Law Day (May 1st). Read her letter, which references the UW Law School Pro Bono Program.

Pro Bono Program Receives Grants
March 7, 2012

The Pro Bono Program has been granted $10,000 from the State Bar of Wisconsin to fund two separate initiatives - the newly-implemented UW Law School Pro Bono Society and the Dane County Legal Assistance Clinic for Veterans. Read more in these articles by the Wisconsin State Bar and UW-Madison News.

Pro Bono Pizza Panel
February 7, 2012

The Pro Bono Program Pizza Panel brought together over 50 students and community partners interested in pro bono service. View photos from the event.

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Ann Zimmerman speaking on the importance of doing pro bono, with the panelists seen in the background

Student Hurricane Network Alternative Winter Break Trip
February 1, 2012

Ten students participated in a winter break pro bono service trip through the Student Hurricane Network. Learn more here and consider applying for a spring break trip!

Volunteer of the Semester
January 23, 2012

Jessica Moeller (2L) has been selected as the Pro Bono Program's Volunteer of the Semester for Fall 2011. Read about her pro bono experiences.

Pro Bono Society Induction
December 18, 2011

Six graduates from the December 2011 graduating class were inducted into the Pro Bono Society, receiving awards of pro bono distinction. Read more here.

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Pro Bono Program Director Ann Zimmerman with Pro Bono Society Inductee

Economic Justice Institute Newsletter
December 14, 2011

The Pro Bono Program is featured in the Economic Justice Institute's Winter 2011 newsletter. Read the article here: "UW's Pro Bono Program Expands"

National Celebrate Pro Bono Week
October 23-October 29, 2011

The Pro Bono Program was an enthusiastic participant in the American Bar Association's annual Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Learn more about how we got involved!

2nd Annual Pro Bono Reception
September 15, 2011
Thank you for joining us at the Pro Bono Program's Annual Fall Reception! View the photo slideshow or read about the event.

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Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson speaking to students about the importance of doing pro bono.


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