Pro Bono Opportunities
Self Help Resource Center
The Self Help Resource Center at EBR Family Court allows law students and staff to meet one-on-one with pro se litigants and potentially self-represented litigants to give information about Family Court and court-approved forms. One attorney volunteer will be on hand to supervise at all times. This is a great opportunity for students to work directly with the public and network with attorneys. Students are required to attend training before they can volunteer. The Self Help Resource Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on the 4th floor of the 19th JDC located at 300 North Blvd. Please contact Ms. Robin Kay of the Baton Rouge Bar Association for more information or sign up below. This resource is for assistance with forms only. Legal advice is NOT provided through this service. Forms are only available for certain matters handled in the EBR Family Court (103 divorce, custody and child support modifications only).
Pictured SULC 3L Alanna Hayman
Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program in which teens sentence their peers for first-time misdemeanor offenses, such as shoplifting, school altercations, and damage to property. Teen volunteers perform the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiffs, and jurors. In Teen Court the defendant has admitted guilt; therefore, the jury’s responsibility is to determine a constructive sentence. Teen Court hearings are held in a local courthouse with strict confidentiality. Licensed attorneys serve as judges. Defendants are questioned by both the teen defense and prosecution attorneys to determine the circumstances of the offense. After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances, the teen jury determines a fair and constructive sentence, which may include community service and participation in future teen court sessions, counseling, attending educational programs, writing essays and letters of apology, and repaying the victim.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Law Center has for the last ten years hosted a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the law library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays in the spring semester. The returns are done on a pro bono basis for taxpayers whose income does not exceed $60,000. Students are needed to assist with client intake and other support services.
Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)
Anna’s Grace Foundation
The mission of Anna’s Grace Foundation is to offer emotional and financial support to families in the Greater Baton Rouge Area who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. Professor Kelly Carmena gave Southern University Law students the opportunity to participate and volunteer and assisting families in this event. Volunteers served food, set up tables, and directed families through their walk at the Goodwood Library. For more information, visit the Anna’s Grace Foundation Website. https://www.annasgrace.org/
Zachary Food Pantry
The Zachary Food Pantry is a non-profit organization and facility located in Zachary and distributes meals, sundries and paper goods every Tuesday from 9am – 11am. Also, here on campus on Tuesday’s from 9AM-3PM, students may volunteer in the library in the Louisiana Reading Room where they will compile bags to deliver to the food pantry to make bagging food items an easier transaction for volunteers.
It Takes a Village BR
It Takes a Village Baton Rouge is a non-profit organization that serves the East Baton Rouge Community by preparing and delivering wholesome meals, clothing essentials, and hygiene products to the less fortunate. Typically the event takes place every Sunday from 9AM-2PM at 130 St VincentdePaul Drive under the North Blvd. bridge.
Voters Registration Drive
Pro Bono Committee Members April Love and Kayla Dixon teamed up with the Student Bar Association to educate students on the importance of voting and the voting process as well as seeing them through the registration process to vote.
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
Pro Bono Week