CQE Clinic Volunteer Training – Friday, February 19th, 4:30 pm

Our next free Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) clinic is Saturday, February 20th! We’re very excited to be providing opportunities for ex-offenders in Summit County to take a step toward gaining employment and independence!

We are looking for students to volunteer from 9:00am-12:45pm on Saturday, February 20th. The clinic will be held at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (422 Bell St. Akron, OH 44307). The time you volunteer can be applied toward your graduation requirement as pro bono limited means hours.

There will be a mandatory volunteer training on Friday, February 19th, 4:30-6:00pm at the law school. The time you’re at training will count toward your pro bono limited means hours as well.

If you’re interested in volunteering or have any questions, please e-mail Sarah at smw87@zips.uakron.edu. You can also learn more about the clinic at our website: http://www.uakron.edu/law/clinical/cqe-clinic.dot.



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Earn volunteer hours with Summit County Juv. Court Family Resource Center

The Summit County Juvenile Court Family Resource Center is looking for volunteer tutors to provide homework help in a one on one and small group setting. Tutoring sessions will occur on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm at the Summit County Juvenile Court. Tutoring is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. I am looking for someone that can commit to the entire semester. Please contact Sarah Norman at 330-643-2942 or snorman@cpcourt.summitoh.net if you are interested.

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Reminder: Deadline to report all Fall 2015 Pro Bono and Community Service Hours is Friday, January 29th!

All Fall 2015 pro bono and community service hours must be reported on Symplicity/AkronLawJobs by Friday, January 29th at 5:00 PM. For certificate of supervisor forms and instructions visit:


For questions, Please contact Prof. Joann Sahl or Director Benedict O’Brien.

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Spring Public Interest Fellowship Application due 1/25/16

Spring Public Interest Fellowship application opens 1/11/16

Public Interest Law Program – Spring 2016: Each semester (spring, summer and fall), the Law School awards a stipend to a number of students who have secured a public interest internship. Applications for funding for the Spring 2016 Public Interest Law (PIL) Program will be accepted beginning Monday, January 11, 2016.
Students interested in applying for a Spring 2016 Public Interest Law award should begin thinking now about securing a placement for their spring PIL work experience. The Public Interest Law Program supports and encourages those students who would like to gain experience in public interest areas. Recent local placements have included:
Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program
Community Legal Aid Services of Akron
City of Canton, Public Safety and Service Departments
Council of International Programs USA Mahoning County Prosecutor
National Labor Relations Board Ninth District Court of Appeals Ohio
Civil Rights Commission U.S. Attorney’s Office
Stark County Public Defender’s Office
Stow Law Department
Summit County Prosecutor
University of Akron Legal Clinic/Appellate Review Office
U.S. Attorney’s Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
If you think you would like to obtain a public interest internship, but have no idea how to line up a placement, please feel free to call upon Career Planning Director, Alisa Benedict O’Brien.
The deadline to submit your application for SPRING 2016 PIL funding is Friday, January 25 at 12:00 Noon. You must secure a public interest placement before submitting your application. Visit for http://www.uakron.edu/law/curriculum/extern-register.dot application materials and more information.

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Expungement Clinic seeking student volunteers

The Expungement Clinic helps low-income Summit County residents seal the record of their criminal convictions. A sealed record enables many people better access to jobs, housing, and volunteer opportunities. Students will learn integral skills in the legal field including filing paperwork with the court, drafting motions, interviewing real clients, and communicating with clients both through the mail and over the phone. Students who are eligible for a legal intern certificate will have ample opportunities to appear in court and present an oral argument.

A student commitment to the Expungement Clinic can be for as few or as many hours as the student pleases. The only requirement is that you devote enough time to attempt to contact your clients at least twice a week. All hours qualify as ProBono Limited Means.

There are now two different volunteer opportunities to accommodate night and non-traditional students. After attending a training, students can volunteer at our Saturday events without maintaining a regular presence during normal business hours.

There will be a training session on Wednesday, January 20th at 5:00 PM in the Law School Legal Clinic, Room 401 of Quaker Square. Interested students please RSVP to Russel Nichols at russel.nichols@gmail.com or Paul Zindle at pez2@uakron.edu.

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