Alex Coughlin, a 1L from McDonough, volunteers bi-weekly at the Legal Aid Society’s Transgender Name Change Project. Already, Alex has accumulated 21 pro bono hours. Under the supervision of an attorney, Alex assists with gender-affirming name changes, birth certificate amendments and gender marker changes. Last semester, Alex was thrilled to learn that both pleadings he worked on resulted in the client’s legal name change. Before volunteering, he did not know much about Legal Aid, but has gotten some exposure to the other services they provide. Alex appreciates applying the material from class to help solve a client’s real-world legal problem. In addition, he’s learned more about various legal documents and how to best collaborate with lead attorneys.
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