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Pro Bono Caravans

$1,925
38%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
11 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on March 13, at 12:00 AM EDT
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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

Levels
Choose a giving level

$25

Level 1

Can provide support for items like one day's worth of local transportation for students assisting the Arch City Defenders in St. Louis, Missouri in their representation of people who have been overly criminalized with traffic citations.

$50

Level 2

Can provide support for items like three days of local transportation for students working with the Public Defender Services in Washington DC.

$100

Level 3

Can provide support for items like one night of housing for students in Austin, Texas working with Jane's Due Process to provide judicial bypass representation for minors seeking to terminate pregnancies without parental involvement.

$250

Level 4

Can provide support for items like the cost of a van for students to travel between Native American reservations in Northern Wisconsin, where they assist low-income individuals with drafting wills and estate planning documents.

$500

Level 5

Can provide support for items like all costs to send one student to assist in providing free legal services to low-income individuals living in Northwestern Minnesota.

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