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Students Assist Immigrants, Low-Income Property Owners in the Valley Over Winter Break

University of Texas School of Law students, faculty and alumni will spend part of their winter break immersed in the Rio Grande Valley volunteering on projects that will impact and aid low-income property owners, immigration detainees and undocumented high school students among other populations in need of free legal services. During the fifth annual Pro […]


UT Law Grad Receives 2013 Law Student Pro Bono Award

UT Law Alumna Megan Sheffield, ’13, received the 2013 Law Student Pro Bono Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission. The award is given to a law student or graduate who has improved the standards of legal aid for underprivileged Texans. Sheffield was among 23 nominees and was honored in a ceremony at the […]


Students Make a Difference Through Pro Bono

Only a few months into the academic year and already more than 100 University of Texas School of Law students have volunteered for 21 pro bono projects (and counting). From preparing asylum cases to interviewing clients at walk-in legal clinics, the range of UT Law’s pro bono projects is as diverse as the hundreds of […]


Pro Bono Program Names 2013-14 Scholars

The University of Texas School of Law’s Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce the law school’s four Pro Bono Scholars for the 2013–14 academic year: Andrea Meza, Colleen Mulholland, Rebeca Ojeda and Simone Otenaike. The Pro Bono Scholars Program provides scholarships to second- and third-year students who make a 300-hour commitment during the academic […]


Record Percent of Entering UT Law Students Sign Pro Bono Pledge

More than 93 percent of the entering 1L class signed the Pro Bono Pledge, a record level of participation for The University of Texas School of Law’s Pro Bono Program. Students who sign the pledge commit to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono service before graduation. “The class of 2013 – the first […]


Longhorn Network covers Law School students’ pro bono service

The Longhorn Network recently produced a short video about the Law School’s Pro Bono program, and students who have taken a pledge to carry out pro bono legal work.


National Pro Bono Week at UT Law: Spotlight on Nicole Simmons, ’07

In recognition of National Pro Bono Week (October 21-27, 2012), the UT Law Pro Bono Program celebrates the pro bono efforts of members of the Law School community. Recently the Pro Bono Program spoke with Nicole Simmons, director of Public Service Programs in the UT Law Career Services Office, about her pro bono service.


January 2012 trip participants at the offices of the South Texas Civil Rights Project, where they helped assemble VAWA petitions.

Pro Bono Program to organize DACA clinics for 2013 Pro Bono in January trip

On January 6–11, 2013, the Pro Bono Program will take thirty students as well as several faculty members to the Texas Rio Grande Valley during the second week of January. This will be Pro Bono in January’s fourth year in the Valley. This year the Pro Bono Program is partnering with the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin to organize clinics in the San Juan area to assist pro se youth to petition for relief under the recently launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At the clinics, students and volunteer attorneys will help high-school DACA petitioners (aka “DREAMers”) complete forms and compile documents to file with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.


UT Law joins 2012 National Celebration of Pro Bono, October 21–27, 2012

During the week of October 21–27, 2012, the UT Law Pro Bono Program will participate in the fourth annual nationwide celebration of pro bono service. Launched by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, the National Pro Bono Celebration focuses the nation’s attention on the increased need for pro bono services and celebrates the work of lawyers who volunteer their services throughout the year.


Law students and faculty members to assist undocumented youth at fall clinics

The UT Law Pro Bono Program has teamed with the Law School’s Immigration Clinic to organize weekend clinics throughout the fall to assist pro se youth to petition for relief under the recently launched Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At the clinics, law students and volunteer attorneys will interview pro se high-school DACA petitioners (aka “DREAMers”) and assist them to complete forms and compile documents to file with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.