Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative, Center for Disability and Elder Law celebrate Pro Bono Week 2016

DePaul Law Students Assist Seniors During Donate A Day 2016
DePaul law students assist seniors during the Pro Bono Week Donate-A-Day in November 2016.

For the sixth consecutive year, DePaul University College of Law's Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative and the Center for Disability and Elder Law held a day of service as part of Pro Bono Week's Donate-A-Day, an initiative celebrated around the country wherein legal professionals provide their services to those in need. Under the tutelage of the Center for Disability and Elder Law's legal director Tom Wendt, participants aided low-income seniors in drafting living wills and powers of attorney for health care and property.

Attorney, alumni and student volunteers spent the day at the Center on Addison. During the workshop, they interviewed and assisted more than 15 seniors in creating important legal documents. First-year student Dave Hem praised the program, saying it was “one of the greatest volunteer experiences I have ever had. Not only did I learn about issues impacting low income seniors in this country, it allowed me the opportunity to help them. ... It was very enlightening for me to note the differences in public service provisions between developed countries (like the United States) and developing countries (like Cambodia, where I am from). … I look forward to participating in such activities again.”