April 28, 2009
In celebration of its 25th Anniversary and the school's historical commitment to public service and the best values of the profession, the Georgia State University College of Law students, faculty and staff pledged 25,000 hours of pro bono service. In the past week, the college surpassed that goal, with the law school community engaging in more than 28,200 hours recorded as of Tuesday, April 28.
That represents more than 113 percent of the goal.
Pro Bono partners include Atlanta Legal Aid, Georgia Legal Services, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Program, and the Georgia Truancy Intervention Project. Pro bono activities include not only those that ensure adequate legal services for moderate and low-income individuals but efforts that enhance the capacity of law and legal institutions to do justice, and activities in the local community that promote justice.
"We should all be very proud of this achievement," Dean Steven J. Kaminshine said. "This was a total law school community effort from students, faculty and staff. I'm especially proud of our student body as they contributed more than 22,000 hours toward this effort. That speaks volumes about their commitment to public service, which we believe is an integral quality of every graduate of this law school."
Students who complete 50 hours or more of pro bono service during law school graduate with "pro bono distinction." Recognition will include a notation in the graduation program and students will receive a special certificate of recognition.