College of Law > About > News > Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative kicks off Pro Bono Week by serving seniors
By Center for Public Interest Law /
November 7, 2013 /
Posted in: Pro Bono and Community Service, Public Interest Law, Student News, Alumni News /
Cheryl Price, director of PBCSI, says the workshop was a success: “We helped numerous seniors with an incredibly important legal service and also gave our students and young alumni an opportunity to work with two to three clients, which is fantastic for building practical legal skills. I think this workshop embodies the spirit and intent of Pro Bono Week. We are excited that we have been able to offer it to the DePaul community for several years now.”
Alumnus Jake Kanyusik (JD '13) also enjoyed learning a new area of law while helping others: “Volunteering at the Donate-A-Day with the Center for Disability & Elder Law was an excellent experience. Prior to this Donate-A-Day I had no experience with powers of attorney or any sort of advanced directives. By the end of the day I felt confident in this new area of law. I was able to get practical relevant to the current legal market while at the same time helping people who are in need of services.”
In light of the positive feedback about the pro bono day, Price is considering offering a similar workshop in spring 2014 and recruiting students to participate in a Wills for Heroes workshop, which provides legal assistance with advanced directives to first responders, such as firefighters and police officers.