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1 Welcome Admitted Students

2  The Citizen Lawyer Program (CLP) enhances law students’ development as legal professionals by pairing them with pro bono projects, community- based volunteer opportunities, and programs about professional issues, values, and skills.

3  Pro Bono (Law-Related Volunteer) Projects  Lawyers & Leaders Series  Iowa Law Volunteer Initiative: Community Service Opportunities  Summer Externships (government and non-profit)

4  CLP pro bono, or “law-related,” projects: students volunteer with nonprofit, legal service, or court projects that make the justice system available to those who can’t afford it.  Students are selected and placed each semester.

5 Domestic Violence/Immigration Project - assist victims of domestic violence as they prepare to file a VAWA self-petition, U-VISA, or other immigration relief. State Public Defender - assist with the operations of the office as needed, including case management and document/exhibit organization Volunteer Income Tax Assistance—The VITA program offers free tax help to low– and moderate- income individuals who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

6 The Innocence Project of Iowa - perform research and assist remedying wrongful convictions in Iowa and helping to prevent future injustices. Bankruptcy - assist with bankruptcy cases involving indigent Iowans by assisting ILA attorneys or by working with self-represented litigants. Divorce Self-Represented Litigant Clinics - assist persons who are representing themselves in divorce proceedings with pleadings and other forms.

7 Kids First - facilitate court-ordered Kids First Workshops for children of divorce that give kids a safe and confidential place to discuss their feelings about divorce. Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts - educate the public in accordance with the group’s mission through letter writing, speaking, and assisting with a judicial independence forum held in Iowa City. Iowa District Court, Johnson County – assist the judge to whom they are assigned by doing legal research, helping to manage cases and to draft orders and opinions.

8 Iowa Legal Aid - provide civil legal assistance to low-income Iowans through seven projects: Foreclosure Project Staff Attorney Research Unemployment Benefits Research Divorce Self-Represented Litigant Clinics General Intake Equal Justice Project Family and Juvenile Law Johnson County Attorney’s Office -  County Attorney Payment Plans (CAPP)- help Johnson County residents get their drivers licenses back after losing them for non- payment of fines.  Diversion Program for Alcohol Offenses/Johnson County Attorney– assist with a pilot deferred prosecution program for persons charged with simple misdemeanor charges of public intoxication or possession of alcohol under the legal age (PAULA).

9  Lawyers & Leaders (L&L) series complements the legal curriculum with workshops, lectures, and other programs that focus on pro bono traditions, leadership development, practical lawyer and life skills, and community issues.

10 A year has passed since three Iowa Supreme Court justices were voted out of office because of their decision extending marriage rights in the landmark Varnum v. Brien case. Join us for an evening of conversation and debate with three panels who will explore the ongoing controversy and discuss how to secure a fair and impartial judiciary in the face of last year’s events. Defending Iowa’s Courts An Anniversary Event From Campus to the Capitol A Panel Discussion with Iowa Law Alumni Serving in the Iowa Legislature Kraig Paulsen Chris Hagenow Tyler Olson Kurt Swaim Nate Willems Mary Wolfe


12  The Iowa Law Volunteer Initiative (ILVI) provides individual students and law student organizations the opportunity to do community service that is not law-related.

13 Activities:  Big Brothers Big Sisters School Buddies  MLK National Day of Service  Make a Difference Day  Crisis Center  Shop for Shelter  Neighbor Centers of Johnson County

14  New Orleans, Louisiana- Equal Justice Foundation- (every year since Hurricane Katrina)  Austin, Texas- Migrant Worker’s Rights Legal Service Trip  Chicago, Illinois- Legal Service Trip

15  The Iowa Student Bar Association (student government) recognizes students for their commitment to service.  Two forms of recognition Pro Bono Society Boyd Service Award

16  The Pro Bono Society is an honorary group that emphasizes the importance of public service and volunteerism in the legal profession.  Like an “Honor Roll”: To maintain membership status, students must continue to complete 15 Boyd Service Hours and attend one L&L program each semester.

17  The Boyd Service Award recognizes students who provide 100 or more volunteer service hours to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in furtherance of those organizations’ missions.  The award is given to qualifying students at the completion of their studies and qualifying students wear honor cords at graduation.


19  Visit us online!  CLP Blog  Facebook Group (University of Iowa College of Law Citizen Lawyer Program)  Twitter  Visit our office! (BLB Room 216)  Shoot us an email!

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