Pro Bono Initiative

Learning Through Service

Summer 2013

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The University of Mississippi Law School Pro Bono Initiative (UMPBI) was launched in August of 2011 to address community legal needs and to position our students to put legal education into practice. The program allows students to volunteer for a variety of pro bono experiences in family law, housing, wills and estates and taxation, among others. As an added bonus, students who volunteer have the opportunity to network with local judges and practicing attorneys. In the first year of the program, 100 students assisted approximately 400 clients and logged thousands of volunteer hours. The Initiative now has six ongoing projects, is constantly expanding existing programs, and is developing several additional programs.

Our students have produced and published a Document Replacement Kit used by the Mississippi Bar to assist victims of natural disasters, created model training materials and forms for child support modification, and developed a landlord-tenant training module for high school seniors and junior college students, among other things. The Tax Assistance Program was described by the state IRS coordinator as the “shining star” of the Mississippi Tax Assistance Program.

If you have any questions about the Pro Bono Initiative, please email OleMissProBono@gmail.com.

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Fall 2013 Events

November 19, 2013 – DESOTO PRO SE DAY

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY                   Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour, gain family law experience at the courthouse, and network with practicing attorneys.

The Pro Bono Initiative of the law school is sponsoring a trip to DeSoto County to assist self-represented litigants in completing pleadings and presenting family law matters to the Chancery Court.  Students will interview and assist litigants under the supervision of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and experienced volunteer attorneys.

The group will leave the law school at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, and return by 8:00 p.m. at the latest. The trip will count toward the Pro Bono Credit hour. Interested students contact Tommie Jean Brock at OleMissProBono@gmail.com. Please include your telephone number and whether you are a second or third year student.

OCTOBER 29, 2013 – DESOTO PRO SE DAY

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY.  Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour, gain family law experience at the courthouse, and network with practicing attorneys.  The Pro Bono Initiative of the law school is sponsoring a trip to DeSoto County to assist self-represented litigants in completing pleadings and presenting family law matters to the Chancery Court.  Students will interview and assist litigants under the supervision of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) and experienced volunteer attorneys.  The group will leave the law school around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, and return by 8:00 p.m. at the latest.  The trip will count toward the Pro Bono Credit hour.  Interested students contact Tommie Jean Brock at OleMissProBono@gmail.com .  Please include your telephone number and whether you are a second or third year student.

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 – FAMILY LAW CLINIC

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY.  Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour.  The Pro Bono Project and Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) are co-sponsoring a Legal Clinic at the Law School on Sept 5, 2013 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. to assist low-income Mississippians with divorce, custody, guardianship, domestic violence, emancipation and other matters.  Professor Deborah Bell will provide a CLE training.  Student and attorney volunteers will assist clients after the training.  Time counts toward the Pro Bono Credit hour.  Interested students contact Tommie Jean Brock at OleMissProBono@gmail.com  Please include your telephone number and whether you are a second or third year student.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 – DESOTO COUNTY PRO SE DAY

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY.  Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour, gain family law experience at the courthouse, and network with practicing attorneys.  The Pro Bono Initiative of the law school is sponsoring a trip to DeSoto County to assist self-represented litigants in completing pleadings and presenting family law matters to the Chancery Court.  Students will interview and assist litigants under the supervision of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) and experienced volunteer attorneys.  The group will leave the law school around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, and return by 8:00 p.m. at the latest.  The trip will count toward the Pro Bono Credit hour.  Interested students contact Tommie Jean Brock at OleMissProBono@gmail.com .  Please include your telephone number and whether you are a second or third year student.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – GREENVILLE PRO SE DAY

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY. Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour, gain family law experience at the courthouse, and network with practicing attorneys. The Pro Bono Initiative of the law school is sponsoring a trip to Greenville to assist self-represented litigants in completing pleadings and presenting family law matters to the Washington County Chancery Court. Students will interview and assist litigants under the supervision of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and experienced volunteer attorneys. The group will leave the law school at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, , September 18, 2013and return by 5:00 p.m. at the latest. The trip will satisfy one-fourth of the time to gain a Pro Bono Credit hour. Interested students contact Tommie Jean Brock at OleMissProBono@gmail.com. Please include your telephone number and whether you are a second or third year student.

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Summer 2013 Events

AUGUST  1, 2013 – MOUND BAYOU WILLS DAY – Canceled

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY.  Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour.  MVLP will co-host a Family Law Legal Clinic with the Mound Bayou Chapter of the AARP and the City of Mound Bayou on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the Mound Bayou Community Facility Building, located at 301 East Martin Luther King Drive in Mound Bayou.  Attorneys, with the assistance of law students, will draft wills, powers of attorney and healthcare directives for the individuals who attend the clinic.  Please contact Tiffany Graves at tgraves@mvlp.net or 601-948-4476 to volunteer for the clinic or to learn more about the event.

JUNE 18, 2013 — DESOTO COUNTY PRO SE DAY

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY. Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour, gain family law experience at the courthouse, and network with practicing attorneys. The Pro Bono Initiative of the law school is sponsoring a trip to DeSoto County to assist self-represented litigants in completing pleadings and presenting family law matters to the Chancery Court.  Students will interview and assist litigants under the supervision of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and experienced volunteer attorneys. The group will leave the law school at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, and return by 8:00 p.m. at the latest. The trip will count toward the Pro Bono Credit hour. Interested students contact Tommie Jean Brock at OleMissProBono@gmail.com. Please include your telephone number and whether you are a second or third year student.

JUNE 19, 2013 — GREENVILLE PRO SE DAY

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS: PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY. Build hours toward the Pro Bono Credit hour, gain family law experience at the courthouse, and network with practicing attorneys. The Pro Bono Initiative of the law school is sponsoring a trip to Greenville to assist self-represented litigants in completing pleadings and presenting family law matters to the Washington County Chancery Court. Students will interview and assist litigants under the supervision of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and experienced volunteer attorneys. The group will leave the law school at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, and return by 5:00 p.m. at the latest. The trip will satisfy one-fourth of the time to gain a Pro Bono Credit hour. Interested students contact Tommie Jean Brock at OleMissProBono@gmail.com. Please include your telephone number and whether you are a second or third year student.