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Hi. I'm Rebeca von Groote, director of pro bono programs here at the University of Arkansa School of Law.
Right now pro bono matters more than ever.
With one in six of our residents in Arkansas and one in five of our children living below the poverty line
and a ratio of pro bono attorneys at one attorney for every twelve thousand Arkansas residents;
We need your help now more than we ever have before.
Students at University of Arkansas Law School can get involved with pro bono in a
number of ways.
You can volunteer through
agencies like the Legal Aid of Arkansas,
Peace at Home Shelter,
organizations such as state governmental agencies
like the Arkansas public defender's office,
city prosecutor's office, state prosecutor's office,
or here through one of our legal clinics.
attorneys are asked by our rules of professional conduct to give at least fifty hours a year
to pro bono services.
This can start with you, even in your first year.
Whether you're doing legal research for a local attorney on a pro bono case,
maning a legal aid help line,
or helping provide services for wills to
first responders during pro bono week
every bit of service matters.
We hope you'll consider giving of your time.
It will reward you in ways that you can not imagine, allow you to network for your professional
and set you on the life lone goal to a fantastic career in legal service.
Thank you very much.