Looking back; moving forward!

2018 was a busy year! The Pro Bono Program established itself as the anchor for the corner of the 3rd floor.  The office is bright and full of memories, ideas and plants!  But moving from the old law school was just the beginning!  A big step was the formation and implementation of our first Alumni Advisory Council. This core group of 10 dedicated former students met with our current board and have already started to add their voice and ideas to the pro bono mix.

Enjoy this infographic that highlights some of the actions taken by volunteer students in the past academic year, but know that it is the tip of the iceberg!  

Legal Skills- thoughts

When I first saw this I was not sure I wanted to post it. Did not want anyone to think that we were promoting a “love it or leave the profession” point of view but after more thought I realized that this list of skills could also serve as a reminder of what you need to highlight in your resume!!!  and maybe how your pro bono activities could help fill these gaps! So here goes..Legal Skills You Can Use in Any Job

.https://www.thebalancecareers.com/legal-skills-in-job-2164378

Placing blame where it belongs…

The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney convicted of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud.

From the recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

During his allocution, respondent admitted that, while working on asylum applications in Manhattan, New York, from 2008 through December 2012, he came to believe with a “high probability” that the applications were “false.” Despite that belief, respondent did not investigate the truth or falsity of the applications, and continued to work on them. He admitted  that he worked in concert with others at his law firm and that some of the “false” applications were submitted to the immigration court.

He was sentenced to a 24-month prison term.

In the disciplinary case, he placed the blame on his being manipulated by his “young, attractive office staff.”

Without success

The breadth and depth of the fraud that respondent perpetrated against the United States government, along with his refusal to take responsibility therefor, beyond entering a guilty plea to the crime, lead us to only one conclusion: respondent should be disbarred.

He also has been disbarred in New York.

Celebration!

On April 11th the Pro Bono Program celebrated the recipients of the Pro Bono awards, welcomed our new Board members and congratulated our graduating members.  The courtyard was awash in blue and green balloons ( a few escaped) and smiling faces.

More photos here! https://flic.kr/s/aHskw9jcev

Faculty With Heart!

Thanks to everyone who donated or provided any words of encouragement to our Law School community.  With our donation of 6,783 we will be providing 3 meals a day for 7.5 families of 4 an entire year.  Amazing.

A special thanks for Professors, Brown, Handel and Medlin for going the extra mile!  You are truly faculty with heart!