UI College of Law Awards Fund Pro Bono Work
June 27, 2017
More than 15 students from the University of Idaho College of Law are serving the public interest pro bono this summer, thanks to awards from the college’s Summer Public Interest Fund Program. The program awarded about $37,000 to students working for nonprofits and legal organizations in Idaho, Washington, Alaska, Utah and Tennessee.
The funds help cover the housing, transportation and living expenses of the students who are all working in unpaid positions. As a result of the program, students are able to serve the public in these roles and avoid increasing their educational debt. These grants allow UI students to gain legal experience while helping underserved communities.
Students are working this summer with the ACLU, The Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office, Canyon Country Prosecutor’s Office, the Moderate Means Program, the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington, Barrera Legal Group, Idaho Legal Aid Services and the Utah State 2nd District Court.
The Summer Public Interest Fund program was expanded in 2014 with seed money from the Idaho State Bar Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Foundation, alumni and external donations, federal work study funds and fundraising from the College of Law’s student organizations.
This year’s participants received between $1,500 and $2,500 to conduct public interest legal work. Students were selected through an application process that evaluated individual career goals, the selected organization and the financial needs of each application. All qualified students who applied were awarded funding.
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