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Pro Bono Committee celebrates National Pro Bono Week with first Clinic Hop

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To celebrate National Pro Bono Week, the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Pro Bono Committee is sponsoring its first Clinic Hop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The law school’s clinics will hold open houses to allow students and alumni to learn more about how Wake Forest Law gives back to the community. The clinic hop will be held at various locations downtown, the Elder Law Clinic, and at the law school.

Participants include the Appellate Advocacy Clinic, the Children’s Law Center, the Community Law and Business Clinic, the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, the Elder Law Clinic, the Innocence and Justice Clinic and the Litigation Clinic. The Litigation Clinic will be hosting its open house in Room 1303 of the Worrell Professional Center, while the remainder of the clinics/organizations will be off campus.

Pro bono work is defined as legal work without pay or class credit for indigent clients or for organizations serving the poor. While students who work in the clinics are not doing pro bono work per se, their work often serves the needs of the poor and can help students determine the kind of pro bono work in which they might like to be involved.

The event also marks the launch of the official web page for the Wake Forest Pro Bono Project.

“As part of the Pro Bono Project, we are lining up opportunities for every student to perform some pro bono work as part of his/her legal education at Wake Forest Law,” said Professor Suzanne Reynolds, Pro Bono Committee organizer and member. “We encourage every student to sign a pledge to commit to a certain number of hours during their three years at Wake Forest Law. This is the perfect way to start the pro bono habits that will make your professional life everything it should be.”