I was pleased to attend the induction ceremony for students earning membership in the Pro Bono Society last evening in Eisenberg Hall. Students who logged 60 hours of non-credit public service work during law school are eligible. Sixteen students were separately honored for logging at least 120 hours. It was a lovely evening, with Dean Kearney recognizing the importance of both the learned and service aspects of the law. I was there to support and recognize those students who spent many of those hours at the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, with which I have been involved since its inception. I could not have been more proud of these talented, committed students.
Looking for an outlet for myself several years back after retiring from private practice, I was fortunate enough to stumble into this project at its inception. In my first post I talked about what a wonderful collaboration the pot luck dinners shared by all the women in my class were–supportive, helpful and fun. Well, collaboration has served me well over and over again in my career as a lawyer, particularly so with the MVLC. In 2001, two students approached the Pro Bono Committee of the Association for Women Lawyers, seeking help with an idea. As I like to say, we naively took it on.