Don’t Forget…all summer 2015 Pro Bono and Community Service Hours must be reported by Wed. September 30th!

Hours completed this summer but not reported by September 30th shall not be counted toward your graduation requirement.

For reporting instructions, please visit:

All hours must be logged on Symplicity/AkronLawJobs. For account information, please contact Director O’Brien: or 330-972-8540

*please note, 1Ls will not have Symplicity/AkronLawJobs access until after October 15th.*

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A Big Thank You for Akron Law Cares

Thank you to all of you who participated in Akron Law Cares. It was a great day for Akron Law! We had 133 participants who volunteered at 11 different sites. Of the 133 volunteers, 117 were law students, 8 were professors and administrators, and 9 were our law school alumni. Please visit the law school Facebook page to see photos from the event:

Another community service event is coming in the spring semester. Stayed tuned for more details!

Joann Sahl | Associate Clinical Professor of Law
The University of Akron School of Law

Alisa N. Benedict O’Brien, Esq. | Director, Career Planning
The University of Akron School of Law

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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 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 on September 23rd at 12:00 in Room W-206. The training should last approximately one hour. Interested students should contact Russel Nichols at or Paul Zindle at

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CQE Clinic Volunteer Training – Friday, September 25th, 4:30 pm

Our next free Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) clinic is Saturday, September 26th! 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 September 26th. The clinic will be held at the Reach Opportunity Center at Summit Lake, 390 W. Crosier St. Akron, OH 44311. 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, September 25th, 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 You can also learn more about the clinic at our website:


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Fall Public Interest Stipend applications due 9/14 by Noon!

Akron Law Public Interest Law Program – Fall 2015 – Applications for the Fall 2015 Public Interest Law (PIL) Program will be accepted beginning Monday, August 31, 2015. Students interested in applying for a Fall 2015 Public Interest Law award should begin thinking about and securing a public interest placement for their fall 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
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
Summit County Prosecutor
CASA Guardian Ad Litem/Summit County Juvenile Court
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 do this work, but have no idea how to line up a placement, please feel free to call upon Career Planning Director, Alisa Benedict O’Brien or Professor Joann Sahl. The deadline to submit your application for fall 2015 funding is Monday, September 14 at 12:00 Noon. It is required that you will secure a placement in advance of submitting your application.

The application form is to be filled out by the student/applicant. The organization that will employ you as a volunteer law clerk and will provide supervision will need to confirm that in a letter on their letterhead/stationary. They will need to include your start date, end date, number of hours per week on average, supervisor’s name, and a sentence describing your anticipated duties. This letter also needs to be submitted by the application deadline of Monday, September 14, 2015 at 12:00 Noon.

Application guidelines can be obtained here:—

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