GW Law Addresses Local Needs with Six New Pro Bono Programs

by Kristen Pavón

Paul Schiff Berman signed on as George Washington University Law School’s Dean this year, and in the short time he’s been at GW Law, six new pro bono programs have been developed.

The programs allow students to gain valuable hands-on experience while tackling a variety of issues, including illegal and unnecessary school exclusion in D.C. public schools and public charter schools, sealing criminal records, and providing legal assistance to the homeless, as well as to unrepresented litigants in administrative hearings.

Here are the new projects:

  • GW Cancer Pro Bono Project
  • Homeless Pro Bono Project
  • GW Street Law at the Arlington County Detention Facility
  • Suspending Suspensions Pro Bono Project
  • District Record Sealing Service
  • DC Office of Administrative Hearings Resource Center Pro Bono Project

You can learn about each project at Dean Schiff Berman’s blog.

I think the Suspending Suspensions Project is especially interesting! What do you think? What innovative pro bono projects are available at your law schools?

1 Comment »

  1. P. Berman said,

    November 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I am grateful to PSLawNet for acknowledging the work that we’ve done at George Washington University Law School to provide our students with more opportunities to gain hands-on legal experience while helping those in need of legal assistance. I have been supportive of the growth of our Pro Bono Program since arriving at GW Law, but I want to be sure that credit also goes to Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, and David Johnson, Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, for establishing and administering these programs. It is through the tireless efforts of Deans Morrison and Johnson that we are building one of the strongest pro bono and public interest programs among U.S. law schools today.

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