Important Pro Bono Reminder for December Graduates ***

Are you graduating in December? Have you completed your pro bono and community services hours required to graduate? If you need a listing of your reported hours, please contact Alisa Benedict O’Brien at ASAP.
All hours must be reported by November 1, 2014.
Additionally, do not forget to register for the non-credit Pro Bono course. You must register by September 8th. This is part of the graduation requirement. Thank you.

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Expungement Clinic seeking student volunteers

The Expungement Clinic helps low-income Akron 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 three training sessions next week. Students only need to attend one meeting These sessions are informational only, and students are welcome to attend simply for a brief overview of the law surrounding sealing of a conviction. The trainings will be Tuesday the 26th at 4:00 PM, Wednesday the 27th at 12:30 PM, and Friday the 29th at 12:30 PM. Sessions will be in the Legal Clinic Conference Room and will be expected to last 30 – 45 minutes.

Students with any questions please contact Russel Nichols at

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Street Law Seeks Student Volunteers

The Akron Bar Association’s Street Law Committee is seeking a few law students to volunteer at local high schools.  Street Law is a practical elective course taught throughout many high schools in Summit County.

The time commitment will be a couple of hours a month with at least a one-semester commitment.  The volunteer hours may be applied to the pro bono requirement for each student.  Although the time commitment is minimal, it is a valuable opportunity to get involved with the local community.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.

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CQE Clinic Volunteer Training – Friday,August 22, 4:45pm

Our next free Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) clinic is Saturday, August 23rd! 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 9:30a-12:45p on Saturday, August 23rd. The clinic will be held at Mount Haven Missionary Baptist Church
545 Noble Avenue Akron, OH 44320 . 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, August 22, 4:45-6:00p 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 Alecia at You can also learn more about the clinic at our website:

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Volunteers needed for CQE Clinic on July 19th! Earn your pro bono of limited means hours!

The July 19th CQE clinic will take place at Fortis College, 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221. Volunteers should plan to arrive at 9:45 a.m. All volunteers should be done no later than 12:45 p.m. This is expected to be a very busy clinic and we need your services!

We hope to see everyone at the July clinic! Let me know if you are able to volunteer and feel free to contact me if you have any questions between now and then!

Thanks again for your help,

Alecia Bencze

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