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The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips. This year trips run between March 15-24, 2013.
HLS will cover the cost of hotels/housing and rental cars for the group. Students may need to contribute to airfare or other transportation costs of less than $250 depending on final numbers of student participants.Information Session:
Monday, January 28, 2013
Completed forms may also be returned to WCC clinical wing 3085. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Please attach a resume.
Decisions will be announced by Monday, February 4 and selected students must commit by making airfare reservations soon after.
1) Hurricane Sandy Legal Help (New York/New Jersey):
Exact partner organization and specific work to be determined depending on needs on the ground. Students will likely be assisting individuals with issues related to FEMA Claims and appeals, insurance, housing vouchers and evictions, consumer matters, child custody, and public benefits. Students may also provide legal research to organizations who are working on impact litigation for victims. Flexibility is imperative – more details will be finalized in January/February.
Approximately fifteen students will be selected for this trip.
2) Delta Directions (Clarksdale, MS):
The Mississippi Delta has among the highest food insecurity and obesity rates in the country. Delta Directions organizes and participates in a variety of projects designed to increase Mississippi residents' access to nutritious food and to support the creation of a healthy, sustainable food system in the region. In partnership with students from the University of Mississippi School of Law and the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi, students will conduct fact finding trips to low-income communities in the region in order to identify challenges to acquiring nutritious food. Students will research preliminary policy solutions to these barriers in order to empower communities organizing around these issues. The policy solutions identified by students will be used by Delta Directions' regional partners, including the Mississippi Food Policy Council to shape its planning and policy work.
More at deltadirections.org
Four to six students will be selected for this trip. Optional night in Memphis the last weekend.
3) Combating Anti-Immigration Legislation (Birmingham, Alabama):
Join the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama as it works to provide services to Alabama’s dispersed immigrant community and counter the effects of Alabama’s immigration law, HB 56, passed last year. Students will participate in an immigration services clinic; visit farm workers in a rural community; meet with local advocates, organizers and politicians; and conduct other legal work as may be helpful to HICA and its clients.
More at hispanicinterest.org
Three to five students will be selected for this trip. Spanish language skills are helpful.
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