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PUBLIC INTEREST ANNOUNCEMENTS LISTSERV: For all students interested in posting or receiving emails from student groups regarding public interest programming and events. To subscribe to the listserv, send an email to listserv@listserv.american.edu. Leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message, type “subscribe pi_wcl” without the quotes. If you have any trouble subscribing, email Nicholas Vitek at nv4552a@american.edu.

PRO BONO HONORS PLEDGE PROGRAM: New Pledge packets and a list of pre-approved placement organizations are available in Suite 515. Stop by today to pick one up or print them from the WCL web site at http://www.wcl.american.edu/publicinterest/probono.cfm.

Pro Bono Question of the Week: The question of the week is designed to assist students interested or already participating in the Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program by providing answers to frequently asked questions. Questions regarding the Pledge should be emailed to publicinterest@wcl.american.edu.

Q: A:

What happens when I meet the Pledge? Students who complete the pledge prior to the end of their final year at WCL will be listed

in the honors

section of the graduation bulletin. They will also receive a certificate indicating the

different level of

honors based on the total number of hours completed: Honors (75-125

hours), Outstanding Service

Honors (125-175 hours) and Exceptional Service Honors (175+

hours). Additionally, students will be recognized at a public service awards ceremony each spring.

There are no negative consequences for

students who do not meet their pledge.

Pro Bono Opportunities: Looking to fulfill Pledge hours? The following organizations are looking for volunteers!

Advancement Project Advancement Project (AP) is an innovative civil rights-based policy and legal action organization that creates strategies for achieving universal opportunity and a racially just democracy. An intern would have the opportunity to contribute to AP's ongoing national racial and social justice efforts by conducting legal and/or policy research in at least one of the following 3 program areas: Education, Democracy (civic participation) or Urban Peace (community led police reform efforts). Contact: Ms. Aurora Vasquez, Staff Attorney, avasquez@advancementproject.org, 202-728-9557, www.advancementproject.org

Children's Law Center The Children's Law Center (CLC) helps at-risk children in the District of Columbia find safe, permanent homes and the education, health care and social services they need to flourish by providing a comprehensive range of legal services to children, families, and foster and kinship caregivers. The Center is committed to sharing its expertise with the community, other professionals and policymakers through training, technical assistance, and systemic advocacy. Interns will assist attorneys by doing legal research, intake, and court runs. Contact: Vivek Sankaran, Staff Attorney, 202-467-4900, ext. 17 or vsankaran@ChildrensLawCenter.org

ACADEMY ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW

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