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PBCSI service fair attracts record numbers

On the heels of an exciting and thought-provoking 1L Service Day, the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative’s Fall Service Fair drew record numbers of students interested in learning more about pro bono and community service opportunities at the College of Law.

The fair took place on September 11 in Room 241, which was filled to capacity. 

“It was impressive to see so many students interested in our service programs here at the College of Law," enthused PBCSI Director Cheryl Price. "The incoming 1Ls seem ready to start volunteering and are very enthusiastic about DePaul’s Vincentian mission and giving back to their communities. They seem like a great class!”

All of PBCSI’s partners were represented at the fair. They include Cabrini Green Legal Aid, the Center for Disability & Elder Law, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Lawyers in the Classroom, A.N. Pritzker Elementary School and Croak Student Legal Services.

PBCSI also works closely with DePaul’s Domestic Violence Courthouse Project and Illinois Legal Aid Online and both programs were at the fair and talked about what they do and how students can get involved. Students learned about UMIN’s winter break Service Immersion Trips, PBCSI’s Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project and Donate-A-Day service projects, and DePaul’s Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic’s pro bono offerings. 

Many of the above organizations and projects have upcoming trainings for students to get involved immediately. PBCSI will host a similar fair at the start of the spring semester and will feature pro bono opportunities available for students over spring break.