UO Law students continue to provide volunteer hours to a myriad of organizations that serve individuals who otherwise would not have access to justice. Sponsors, Inc., which serves individuals who are transitioning from Oregon correctional facilities, is one such organization with which UO Law has forged a relationship.
Once a month, Sponsors holds a legal clinic staffed by a practicing attorney. Students provide intake for the attorney who provides legal advice on a variety of issues that the clients bring to the clinic.
PLP Fellow Heather Marek said of her experience volunteering at Sponsors that she “came away with a new appreciation for the wide range of legal and social issues that individuals face after incarceration. Volunteering with Sponsors, Inc. was a valuable experience, and a great opportunity to support a truly wonderful organization.”
This past spring UO Law also had the opportunity to recognize students who provided exceptional pro bono service. Jonathan Heritage received the Nicole Richardson Outstanding Public Service Award for his volunteer legal work and leadership of the Pro Bono Executive Board.
UO Law also recognized the student in every class who performed the greatest number of pro bono hours. This spring, these honors went to 1L Allison Burns, 2L Giselle Schmitz and 3L Sarah Morrison.
In other pro bono news, the Pro Bono Executive Board and the Public Interest-Public Service student group joined forces to form a combined student group: Community Action and Public Service [CAPS]. CAPS will lead pro bono efforts, in addition to coordinating other community service opportunities for the UO Law Community.