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PRO BONO INITIATIVE

The Pro Bono Initiative, or PBI, is a unique, noncredit volunteer program. It allows students to build real-world problem-solving skills to serve their community. Also, see our for-credit Experiential Learning Program. To volunteer with PBI, or to schedule an appointment at a clinic, please email or call 801-581-5418.

PBI has a three-part mission

  1. To provide valuable legal opportunities under the direct supervision of attorneys
  2. To develop placements where alumni can volunteer, network, and serve as mentors to current students
  3. To showcase the professional responsibility of attorneys to provide Pro Bono legal services to those without access to the justice system

PBI sponsors a number of legal consultation clinics along the Wasatch Front, including

  •  American Indian Law
  • Debtors Counseling
  • Expungement
  • Family Law
  • Rainbow Law
  • Street Law
  • Community Legal Sites (Immigration)

Sites operate year-round and are staffed by our volunteer students and supervisors. PBI also pairs students with practitioners in various placements, including law firms. The students help with pro bono matters, as well as assisting nonprofit organizations and legal-related agencies.

Opportunities for live client interaction and community service begin in the second semester of a student’s first year. There is a strong emphasis on public service, and students are mentored by practicing attorneys in giving free legal advice to low-income individuals.

PBI provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to engage with and serve the community. It also builds valuable lawyering skills including client counseling, legal research, and document drafting.

S.J. Quinney strongly encourages students to perform at least 50 hours of volunteer service during law school. We believe that pro bono work provides valuable experiences that are applicable to all areas of law, and helps ensure that all citizens receive quality legal services.

 

American Indian

Areas of Law: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Tribal Land, Family Claim issues, etc.
When: Held once per semester. Email probono@law.utah.edu for details.

Debtors Counseling

Areas of Law: Bankruptcy, collections, credit issues.
When: 4th Wednesday of every month
Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice. 

Expungement

Areas of Law: Impediments to employment, such as expungements and addressing issues regarding outstanding warrants.
When: 1st Thursday of every month.
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m. 
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice. 
Note: Please call Utah Legal Services ahead of time to see if you qualify for an expungement. 801-328-8891.

Family Law

Areas of Law: Family Law, child custody, divorce, protective orders.
When: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Rainbow Law

Areas of Law: LGBT legal issues related to employment, estate planning, family law, etc.
When: 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice. 

Street Law

Areas of Law: Consumer, employment, housing, discrimination, etc.
When: 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Tuesdays of every month.
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Community Legal Clinic: Salt Lake (Immigration)

Areas of Law: Answers questions related to Immigration, family law & general legal issues.
When: 1st Tuesday of every month.
Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Community Legal Clinic: Ogden (Immigration)

Areas of Law: Answers questions related to immigration, such as citizenship, status, deportation, visas & family law.
When: 2nd Thursday of every month.
Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Community Legal Clinic: Sugarhouse (Immigration)

Areas of Law: Answers questions related to immigration, such as citizenship, status, deportation, visas & family law.
When: 3rd Thursday of every month.
Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Where: All clinics will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Pro Bono Initiative Fellowships

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