Wally Holohan5.15.17 —  In response to the need for volunteers to help defeat many of the recent federal executive orders and proposed changes in federal law intent on cutting back on individual rights and freedoms, Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL), under the guidance of Professor Wally Holohan, has launched the NUSL Pro Bono Collaboration. This new program provides law students with the opportunity to provide pro bono legal research and assistance to organizations such as the ACLU, Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project, Greater Boston Legal Services, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the National Lawyers Guild and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, among others.

Lucy Williams“The reaction to the election inspired many people to increase their involvement in representing immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ individuals. The law school wanted to create an outlet for that energy. We hope the Pro Bono Collaboration will provide a permanent benefit to the community,” said Professor Lucy Williams, faculty director for public interest and pro bono initiatives.

Student volunteers will handle a wide range of responsibilities, including meeting with immigrants being held in ICE detention facilities, conducting research and discovery, performing intake for hate incidents, harassment and intimidation and organizing trainings.

“This program will fill a gap and provide students with a lot of opportunities to have a positive impact in our community on issues we care about,” said Stefanie Gonzales, a first-year student involved in the program.

A nationally recognized leader in public interest law, Northeastern University School of Law has long associations with hundreds of nonprofit advocacy organizations and legal services offices across the globe. Students in the NUSL Pro Bono Collaboration will spend approximately 10 to 15 hours per week volunteering over an 11-week academic quarter.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.