Volunteer opportunity – earn community service hours!

The Akron Organizing Collaborative (AOC) will begin canvassing neighborhoods and registering people to vote beginning June 9, 2015. It will also be conducting surveys of the residents of Akron to get their opinions on certain issues. This is great opportunity to become involved in grassroots organizing and educating the community on the current issues. Volunteers will also work with youth in our community who are interested in shaping and taking our community to the next level. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Raymond Greene Jr.

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Great opportunity to earn pro bono hours and gain legal experience!

Several local attorneys are seeking law students to review materials received per a State public records act request. The materials to be reviewed are DVDs of law enforcement activities. The review is to determine whether any of the materials portray violations of ¬†law. The attorneys, Edward L Gilbert, Robert Fowler, and emeritus Professor J. Dean Carro are seeking students who have completed their first year of studies. The review will be done at Attorney Gilbert’s office at One Cascade Plaza, Suite 825, National City Ctr., Akron, OH 44308.That location is downtown off of Main street. His phone number is 330-376-8855 and his e-mail is egilbert@edwardlgilbert.com. If you are interested in this work please contact Attorney Gilbert. There are approximately 20 DVDs each of which will take about one hour to review. You can commit to as much or as little work as you would like. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. This is a pro bono activity and as a result there is no pay involved. Hours worked will count toward your general pro bono requirement.

The attorneys would like to have this work done in the next several weeks, but certainly before September 2015.

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Expungement Clinic seeking student volunteers

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 Pro Bono 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 June 11th at 5:30 PM for all interested students.

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Scanlon Inn Seeks Law Students!! Great Opportunity!!!

Scanlon/Bell Inn of Court accepting applications for 2015-2016 Term

These days lawyers have little time to do much beyond maintaining their law practices. The Charles F. Scanlon and Judge Samuel H. Bell Inn of Court offers a respite from those pressures, as well as an opportunity to expand your network of lawyers and judges.

Well into its fourth decade, the Inn is accepting applications for membership for the 2015-2016 Term. The Inn was founded by leading members of the Bar, including Federal District Judge Sam Bell, in collaboration with the Akron Bar Association and the University of Akron School of Law. It has maintained its vigor by enrolling new members who want to learn and share information about ethics, public issues, and advocacy through the programs offered by the Inn. We currently have openings in the pupils group, which is made up of law students and lawyers with less than four years of experience, and the barristers group, which is made up of lawyers with between four and fifteen years of experience. We may also have openings in the bencher group, which is made up of senior lawyers and judges.

If you are interested in associating with judges and senior lawyers or offering mentoring to newer lawyers, please consider joining. To do so, send your resume and a letter or email to Clair E. Dickinson, Brouse McDowell, 388 South Main Street, Suite 500, Akron, OH 44311, cdickinson@brouse.com, by May 15, 2015.

The Masters of the Bench meet during May each year to vote on new members. If you are a lawyer accepted for the pupil or barrister class, you will be entitled to serve a two-year term, which can be renewed once. Law-student pupils serve for one year. Benchers serve for life. There are no dues for members of the pupils group. Dues are $125 per year for barristers and $325 per year for benchers.

If you are accepted as an Inn member, you will attend our dinner meetings, which are held on the third Wednesday of each month, September through April, skipping December. Programs at these meetings consist of presentations on ethics, public issues, and advocacy, for which CLE credit is provided.

In addition, all members of the Inn are members of a pupilage group, which is a small working body of the Inn. There are four pupilage groups with representation from each of the three classes (benchers, barristers, and pupils). Each pupilage group is responsible for a presentation at least once during the year. Pupilage groups meet after work or during lunch to plan presentations and to discuss matters of common interest.

Modeled after the English Inns of Court, the Scanlon/Bell Inn has actively pursued its mission, and we look forward to those of like minds becoming involved. Please submit your resume and letter or email no later than June 22, 2015.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Clair Dickinson at (330) 535-5711.


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CQE Clinic Volunteer Training – Friday, June 12, 4:30 pm

Our next free Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) clinic is Saturday, June 13th! 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 9:15a-12:45p on June 13th. The clinic will be held at the Arlington Church of Godl,539 S. Arlington St. Akron, OH 44306. The time you volunteer can be applied toward your graduation requirement as pro bono limited means hours.

There will be a volunteer training on Friday, June 12th, 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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