Pro Bono Caravans
UPDATE: In March 2017, Columbia Law School students will be utilizing their legal skills in 18 different pro bono projects. Here are some examples:
- Immigrant Detention Center in Dilley, TX
- Jane's Due Process/Judicial Bypass Project in Austin, TX (women's reproductive health)
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in Baltimore, MD
- Workers Defense Project in Texas
The Spring Break Pro Bono Caravans are an immensely popular part of the pro bono program at Columbia Law School. Groups of Columbia Law School students spend their spring break week working at legal services and public interest organizations across the U.S. and, sometimes, abroad. They work intensively with one another, new colleagues, and new communities to provide much-needed legal assistance.
Not only do students report life-changing and rewarding experiences, but host organizations are able to attend to more clients and complete more cases in a week than they are sometimes able to accomplish in a year.
In March 2016, thanks to the generosity of donors, 93 students participated in caravans for 18 different host organizations around the country and abroad. Domestically, some examples of past student work include assisting the Arch City Defenders in St. Louis, Missouri in their representation of people of color who have been overly criminalized with traffic citations; working on immigrant advocacy issues and preparing discovery for class actions in El Paso, Texas with Las Americas Immigration Advocacy Center and Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project; holding trusts and estates clinics for Native American tribes in Northern Wisconsin with Wisconsin Judicare.
With your support, the 2017 Pro Bono Caravans can continue to bring their legal expertise to areas around the country and provide valuable experience to Columbia Law students.
Pro Bono Caravans at Arch City Defenders
Pro Bono Caravans with Jane's Due Process
Pro Bono Caravans at Anishinabe Legal Services
Pro Bono Caravans on a unique client visit with DNA People's Legal Service