Pro Bono Program

With the support of the Public Law and Policy Program staff, student group Community Action Public Service organizes and promotes opportunities for UO Law students to serve the community. Students interested in pro bono can access a current list of opportunities on Mylaw or contact the Public Law and Policy Program Managing Director, plpp@uoregon.edu.

Every year, students who complete 40 hours of pro bono during law school are recognized at graduation with Pro Bono Honors. Awards are also given for exceptional service:

  • Students in each class who report the most hours for the academic year are recognized with with UO Law's "Outstanding Pro Bono Service" Award.  For the 2017-18, the winners of this award were 1L Zach Richey, 2L Benjamin Farkash, and 3L Andrew Ince.
  • Oregon New Lawyers Division Pro Bono Challenge Award: This award recognizes  the student who does the most pro bono work during prior school year.  In October 2017, Zoe Grant recieved this honor for the work she did researching and writing for Our Children’s Trust, an environmental nonprofit pursuing a constitutional climate lawsuit filed against the federal government.
  • The Nicole Richardson Outstanding Public Service Award: Nicole Richardson was a passionate student dedicated to underserved populations, especially indigent criminal defendants. In honor of Nicole’s passion, spirit and commitment to justice, her family established an annual award, the Nicole Richardson Outstanding Public Service Award.  Each year, at least one 3L student receives this award.  In 2018, Sarah Alvarez and Kristina Knittel received this award.