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Student-Run Projects

The Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program is home to a number of student-run pro bono and community service projects. Students volunteering through these programs provide assistance, advocacy, and education in a wide variety of areas, including domestic violence, immigration, the environment, criminal justice, housing, human rights, work with youth, and veterans’ issues.

A Student Pro Bono Board works in collaboration with community partners and faculty assist in identifying and promoting pro bono work throughout the law school community. In collaboration with the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program, the Board strives to provide recognition of students, faculty and staff pro bono efforts.

Projects for 2014-2015 academic year include the following:

The Honorable Morris Stern Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project

Student Leader:Michelle Cortese '14
Community Partner:Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Jessica Kitson

The Honorable Morris Stern Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project at Rutgers–Newark Law School seeks to further two important goals: providing pro bono bankruptcy assistance to an under-served population and mentoring second- and third- year law students in the actual practice of law. The Project, launched in Fall 2013, was created to insure adequate representation to indigent and other pro se bankruptcy filers. The Project brings together various segments of the community including legal services, local bar associations, and law students. The Project provides an important community service, while also promoting the importance of pro bono work to current law students.  

For more information contact Michelle Cortese at rubankruptcyprobonoproject@gmail.com.

LGBTQ Pro Bono Legal Assistance Project

Student Leaders:Scott Le ’15 and Elizabeth Ehret ’15
Community Partner:LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

New Jersey LGBTQ Pro Bono Legal Assistance Project, in collaboration with Le-Gal, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, and with the law school’s LGBT Caucus, Rutgers New Jersey LGBTQ Pro Bono Legal Assistance Project provides walk-in legal information, advice and referrals for low-income members of the LGBTQ community. The Project provides a safe space for low-income members of the local LGBTQ community to seek help with their legal problems in areas including family, housing, and employment law. The Project is staffed by volunteer attorneys who are available to provide general guidance and legal referrals, but not legal representation. Consultations are held at the law school on the third Wednesday of every month.

Street Law

Student Leader:Shashwat Dave ’15

Launched in 2006, Street Law trains law students to teach a law-related curriculum designed to empower youth and adults to become more active citizens. Among Streetlaw’s goals are educating the community about their legal rights and responsibilities and providing students with the opportunity to cultivate stronger legal research and presentation skills.

For more information about Rutgers–Newark’s Pro Bono Program contact:  Susan Feathers at sjf151@kinoy.rutgers.edu