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Hofstra Law Celebrates Pro Bono Week 2015 With Series of Events

Hofstra Law announces a series of events for law students as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Oct. 26-31, 2015. The events offer students the opportunity to learn more about Hofstra Law’s extensive pro bono opportunities, including criminal law externships, the Pro Bono Scholars Program and pro bono externships.

The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service started the National Pro Bono Celebration six years ago due to the increasing need for pro bono services during these harsh economic times and the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand.

The members of the Class of 2015 collectively contributed 75,130 hours of pro bono service during their three years at Hofstra Law.

Hofstra Law alumni interested in sharing their pro bono work experience or volunteering to supervise students working on any pro bono matters should contact Franca Sachs, executive director of pro bono, externship and fellowship programs, at or 516-463-0386.

Visit the “Pro Bono Work” section of Hofstra Law’s website for more information on all pro bono opportunities.

Pro Bono Week and Upcoming Pro Bono Events

Monday, Oct. 26 | noon-1 p.m. | Room 230

Presentation by Hon. Fern A. Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge and Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program

Judge Fisher will be speaking about the New York Courts’ Access to Justice Program, which has as its mission to ensure access to justice in civil and criminal matters for New Yorkers of all incomes, backgrounds and special needs, by using every resource, including self-help services, pro bono programs and technological tools, and by securing stable and adequate nonprofit and government funding for civil and criminal legal services programs.

Monday, Oct. 26 | 3-6 p.m. | Joan Axinn Hall

Law Clinic Open House

Learn about the work and opportunities to represent clients under faculty supervision through one of our 10 clinics.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 | noon-1 p.m. | Room 205

Prosecution Practicum & Criminal Law Externship Information Session

Learn about experiential opportunities in criminal law through externships with public defenders’ and district attorneys’ offices.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 | noon-2 p.m. | Room 308

OUTLaw Day of Dialogue

Wednesday, Oct. 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Atrium

Externship & Pro Bono Networking Event

Meet employers and learn about the pro bono and externship opportunities available during the spring semester.

Thursday, Oct. 29 | noon-1 p.m. | Room 206

Pro Bono Scholars & HLDC Externship Information Session

Learn about opportunities to spend a semester working full time for academic credit in a government agency or providing direct legal services in the community.

Friday, Oct. 30 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Room 303

Domestic Violence Training With The Safe Center

Attend this two-part training: “Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault and Legal Issues” and “Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in a Divorce.” Pro bono volunteer opportunities are available with The Safe Center for those who attend the training.

Monday, Nov. 2 | noon-1 p.m. | Room 206

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