Pro Bono Opportunities

Deadline to Submit Pro Bono Hours

To be included in the 2024 Pro Bono Society Induction, the deadline to submit all hours, or a plan to complete all hours before the end of the semester, is Thursday, April 18.

  • If you will have recorded enough pro bono hours in your account by Thursday, April 18, you will be included in the Pro Bono Honor Society Induction event.
  • If you will not have completed all hours by Thursday, April 18, but will complete them (i.e., you are scheduled for shifts) by the end of the semester (May 17), please complete this form by April 18 to share your plan with Dean Schultz.

Do you need more hours to reach your goal? Reach out to Dean Schultz to make a plan or sign-up for open pro bono shifts in the "Open Sign-Ups” tab of your pro bono account. Students who reach 50+ and 120+ hours are inducted into the Pro Bono Honor Society and wear an honor cord for service at graduation.

 

Contact: Angela Schultz

Volunteers Needed: Estate Planning Clinic

We need seven more law student volunteers for the estate planning clinic on Friday, April 12, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Sherman Park Community Center. The Mobile Legal Clinic will provide transportation to interested students.

We need three more law student volunteers for the estate planning clinic on Tuesday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Veterans Service Office. The Mobile Legal Clinic will provide transportation to interested students.

Please let katie.mertz@marquette.edu know if you are able to help staff these clinics!

Contact: Katie Mertz

Office of Public Service Seeking Summer Employees

Join the Office of Public Service as a student employee this summer. We are looking for a student(s) interested in a part-time position up to 30 hours/week. The hourly rate is $15.00.

This role provides behind-the-scenes support for the Office of Public Service and may include: 

  • Substantive resource development and review 
  • Pro bono data entry 
  • Volunteer scheduling 
  • Remote and in-person clinic preparation and facilitation

Student employees may be asked to participate in pro bono clinics, as needed, including client meetings and working with attorneys.  

Candidates should be reliable, professional and pleasant, and team-oriented. The ability to navigate new organizational systems is important. Candidates must be able to work independently and have strong communication and organization skills, including prompt responses to frequent email communications, as well as the ability and willingness to keep client information strictly confidential.  

Interested applicants should email publicservicelaw@marquette.edu with their resume, summer availability, and a brief description of your interest in the position.

Contact: Katie Mertz

Summer Pro Bono Opportunities

Pro bono clinics run all summer! Everythnig you need to sign up is on the Pro Bono Onboarding SharePoint page.

You are invited to go big and fill your summer schedule with various pro bono clinics or to go small and take a weekly or biweekly shift. Review the listings HERE and submit your scheduling survey HERE. Students experienced with any project are invited to use the "Open Sign Ups" function in your pro bono account to create a summer schedule.

If you have been involved in pro bono, you know how good it feels and how great the need is. If you haven't, come learn with us!

Contact: Angela Schultz

Congratulations to the New Pro Bono Honor Society Inductees

Since April 8, the following students surpassed a total of 50 pro bono hours of service during their law school careers (or have submitted a plan to do so before the semester concludes):

  • Abigail Doweiko
  • Joshua Petersen
  • Lauren Phillips
  • Eleanor Rothman
  • Sanya Sawlani
  • Ryanne Wolfe

Congratulations, and thank you for your important contributions. These students will be inducted into the Marquette Law School Pro Bono Society in April 2024 and will graduate wearing an honor cord for service. See the full list of current students who are members of the Marquette law School Pro Bono Society and who are slated for induction this spring here.

Do you need to make your plan to graduate wearing an honor cord for pro bono service? Contact any member of the Office of Public Service.

Contact: Angela Schultz

MVLC CLE: Trauma-informed De-escalation

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 12:00pm Zoom

Trauma-Informed De-Escalation
Presented by Gwen Soffer, Associate Director of Wellness and Trauma-Informed Practice at the Nationalities Service Center

Register to attend here. 

Gwen Soffer, MSW, CTSS, CSM, D.A.A.E.T.S., TCTSY-F, has worked at NSC since 2016 and is the Associate Director of Wellness, Trauma-Informed Care, and Community Culture managing onsite clinical and holistic trauma- informed wellness programming as well as staff self-care and professional development. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work with Trauma Specialty from Widener University. She is TCTSY-F certified through the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute and has been working in the trauma-informed wellness field for over fifteen years. Gwen is a Certified Trauma Service Specialist and has certifications in Stress Management through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the Harvard Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certification through Harvard Global Mental Health. She is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, is an Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists Diplomate, and a member of the National and Pa. Association of Social Work. She presents regularly on the topic of trauma and wellness including the Pathways for Victims Services Conference, Jefferson University Trauma Training Conference, North American Refugee Health Conference, the Beau Biden Institute/SOAR Trauma Institute, USCRI, Philadelphia School District, is a Switchboard Subject Matter Expert, and has published multiple articles and chapters on trauma-informed wellness practices. Her belief in the power of connection and the potential of healing drives her passion for trauma-informed practice.

Presented by Gwen Soffer, Associate Director of Wellness and Trauma-Informed Practice at the Nationalities Service Center

  • Gwen Soffer, MSW, CTSS, CSM, D.A.A.E.T.S., TCTSY-F, has worked at NSC since 2016 and is the Associate Director of Wellness, Trauma-Informed Care, and Community Culture managing onsite clinical and holistic trauma- informed wellness programming as well as staff self-care and professional development. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work with Trauma Specialty from Widener University. She is TCTSY-F certified through the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute and has been working in the trauma-informed wellness field for over fifteen years. Gwen is a Certified Trauma Service Specialist and has certifications in Stress Management through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the Harvard Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certification through Harvard Global Mental Health. She is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, is an Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists Diplomate, and a member of the National and Pa. Association of Social Work. She presents regularly on the topic of trauma and wellness including the Pathways for Victims Services Conference, Jefferson University Trauma Training Conference, North American Refugee Health Conference, the Beau Biden Institute/SOAR Trauma Institute, USCRI, Philadelphia School District, is a Switchboard Subject Matter Expert, and has published multiple articles and chapters on trauma-informed wellness practices. Her belief in the power of connection and the potential of healing drives her passion for trauma-informed practice.

Students can earn one hour of pro bono time by attending the MVLC Volunteer CLE Series. This free CLE series provides volunteers with in-depth information on some of the most commonly seen issues at the Clinics. These sessions are a great way to enhance your knowledge of the legal issues faced by clients of the MVLC while earning additional pro bono hours.

Contact: Katie Mertz

MVLC Volunteer CLE: Child-support 101

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 12:00pm Zoom

Students can earn one hour of pro bono time by attending the MVLC Volunteer CLE Series. This free CLE series provides volunteers with in-depth information on some of the most commonly seen issues at the Clinics. These sessions are a great way to enhance your knowledge of the legal issues faced by clients of the MVLC while earning additional pro bono hours.

Register to attend here.

Contact: Katie Mertz