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JRCLS Week of Service Oct. 22-28, 2017

During October 22-28, 2017, the ABA’s Celebration of Pro Bono week, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society challenges each chapter to be involved in some form of service, and to report their project in order to inspire other chapters.  Below are a few suggestions:
1.      Designate a Service Coordinator to plan service project during 2016
a. Connect with JRCLS Service & Outreach Committee (find member for your Region here) to discuss ideas, FAQs (malpractice etc.) and other chapters’ examples
b. Assess local community/legal service needs, identify legal service providers
c.  Arrange chapter event during October 2017, plan event for 2018.
d. Share your chapter’s experience with JRCLS members through the Service Committee

2.      Partner with local bar association, church, community, or government agencies
a.  Connect with local legal aid groups, Church groups, Bar Association or government agencies.  Assess need for volunteers, offer JRCLS involvement, discuss partnering opportunities.  See http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/resources/
b.  Pre-October, arrange presentation to chapter by local bar association, legal aid or other service group (CLE!) to discuss opportunities and encourage JRCLS member participation
c.  Consider facilitating pro bono cases from legal aid organization as a chapter; agencies often provide malpractice coverage and training
d. ABA maintains a list of organizations providing pro bono service in each state:  https://www.americanbar.org/directories/probono-directory/pb_directory_map.html; and groups serving special needs (consult your Service Committee member outside USA):  http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/usa_freehelp.cfm  Also see Legal Services Corporation for local agencies to partner with: http://www.lsc.gov/grants-grantee-resources/our-grantees.

3.      Partner with local law students / JRCLS student chapter
a. Students are often aware of service opportunities through their law schools
b.  Information from the ABA on pro bono opportunities for law students can be found here:  https://www.americanbar.org/groups/probono_public_service/resources/directory_of_law_school_public_interest_pro_bono_pro
  Find the nearest JRCLS student chapter: http://www.jrcls.org/chapters/locations.php.

4.      Organize participation in local non-legal service opportunities
a. Research local service opportunities (examples include food drives, schools’ Law Day, community moot court); contact organizer and offer JRCLS support
b. Recruit chapter members or potential members to participate as a chapter

Please contact your region’s Service & Outreach Committee Member (roster here) with any questions, and to share examples from your JRCLS Chapter, or email at: jrm@paynefears.com