New York State Bar Association President Stephen Younger '82 will speak at a reception to kick off National Pro Bono Week on Oct. 22 at 5:00 p.m. in the law school's East Wing.
Students who attend the pro bono reception will learn about Albany Law's extensive pro bono program, through which students provide vital assistance to the community while gaining hands on legal skills. Each student who attends the reception is guaranteed a pro bono placement at one of the law school's designated placements for Spring 2011.
Last year, 155 Albany Law students volunteered more than 1,500 hours of law-related service to low-income communities in the Capital Region and nationwide, including the Rural Legal Services Project; Freeing Political Prisoners Project, with D.C.-based partner Freedom Now; Family Court Helpdesk; Pro Se Divorce Clinic; Prisoners Legal Services; and Senior Law Day.
National Pro Bono Week, a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country's most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services, will take place from Oct. 24 to 30.
As part of the week, Albany Law School's Pro Bono Society will also be holding a Pro Bono Fair in the law school's gym on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.