The Albany Law School Pro Bono Society, through which hundreds of students provide free legal services to people in need, was recently recognized with The Legal Project's 2012 Field of Dreams Award.
Albany Law students in the Pro Bono Society take part in Legal Project initiatives such as the Pro Se Divorce program and Wills and End of Life Law Days. The Pro Bono Society is also working with The Legal Project in a joint effort to meet the new 50-hour pro bono mandate for law students in New York state.
The Field of Dreams Award is annually presented to an individual or organization for developing a Legal Project program to meet the needs of lower income or other under-served people. The award was conferred at the organization's 17th Annual Pro Bono Reception at The Egg in Albany on Oct. 18, 2012.
Other Pro Bono Society programs include the Albany County Family Court Help Desk, Prisoners Legal Services, and Free Private Attorney Student Support. The student-run group has also organized a Runaway Youth and Homelessness Project, as well as a Tax Law Day.
The Legal Project increases accessibility of legal help for those in need; encourages the legal community to engage in pro bono work; and serves as a resource on legal issues.