Students learn about pro bono and community service opportunities at fall service fair

Following an exciting 1L Service Day to kick off the year, the Fall Service Fair, hosted by DePaul's Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) drew a large crowd of students excited to get involved in the community. The fair, which took place on October 1, is just one of the many ways that PBCSI works to get DePaul law students engaged in service within the community. The fair started with presentations from a number of community organizations, including Cabrini Green Legal Aid, the Center for Disability & Elder Law, World Relief Chicago, Lawyers in the Classroom, Croak Student Legal Services, Illinois Legal Aid Online, and the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. Student leaders from various DePaul programs, including the Service Immersion Trips, Donate-a-Day events, and DePauls signature pro bono project, the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project, also gave presentations.

Following the organizations' informative presentations, students were eager to mingle with representatives of the various organizations and sign up to get involved in their programs. PBCSIs Director, Katie Blouin, was pleased with the outcome of the service fair saying, "It was impressive to see so many students committed to volunteer work. Im looking forward to seeing our students get involved in the wide variety of opportunities they learned about at the fair, and the impact their work will have within the community.

Many of the above organizations and projects have upcoming trainings within the next few weeks, so students can get involved in service right away.  PBCSI will host a similar fair at the start of the spring semester and will feature pro bono opportunities that will be available over spring break.           ​​​