NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF PRO BONO OCTOBER 2017

Sponsored by Externships, Public Interest, PILG, and CDO 

  • Faculty Do Pro Bono Too – Thursday, October 5, 12pm, Room 180

Join a group of Denver Law faculty in a discussion about their pro bono efforts, including how you can get involved! This represents just a sampling of efforts undertaken by our faculty and staff. Professors Chen, García Hernández, Kwoka, and Marceau will share. Lunch provided. CPD credit available. 

  • Natural Disaster Fundraiser, October 11-13, The Forum

In light of all the recent natural disasters, PILG is hosting a fundraiser. Please stop by and donate to relief efforts in Puerto Rico by purchasing some delicious baked goods! All proceeds going directly to hurricane relief. If you’re not hungry, make a donation at one of the kiosks to a certified relief website.

  • A Career in Criminal Justice – Wednesday, October 11, 12pm, Room 125

This event features Michael Dougherty, current assistant district attorney in Jefferson County, and candidate for Colorado Attorney General. Dougherty will lead an interactive session about questions about the criminal justice system, including challenges faced by prosecutors and public perception, and discuss the various players/roles for people interested in pursuing the public good from inside the system. Now more than ever, AGs are at the forefront when it comes to protecting individual rights, immigrants and the environment, and Michael will discuss this. Lunch provided. CPD credit available.

  • Private Practice Law, Public Interest Heart Tuesday, October 17, 12pm, Room 180

We know many students arrive at law school set on being public interest lawyers but for many different reasons find themselves in the position of going into private practice. For many of these students, they feel like they’ve lost a part of their identity, they experience guilt, or they worry they will never be able to integrate their public interest values into their professional lives as lawyers while at a firm.  Join a conversation with private firm lawyers who also have a public interest identity and have been able to integrate that part of themselves through pro bono and/or community work. Lawyers from Ireland Stapleton, Gibson Dunn, Davis Graham and Stubbs, Dahl Fischer & Wilks, and Sweetser Law Firm will attend. Lunch provided. CPD credit available. 

  • Our Courts: A Lunch and Learn with Local Judges – Monday, October 23, 12pm, Room 125

Join Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Gabriel and Colorado District Court Judge Roberto Ramírez for a lunch and learn on Our Courts. The judges will discuss their roles, how judges get selected in Colorado, how judges get retained, and how important it is for law students to understand their role now and as future lawyers in the Colorado judicial system. The judges will also discuss judicial externships and post-grad clerkships. Lunch provided. CPD credit available. 

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME  

Denver Law encourages all students to contribute to the public good and to lend their growing legal skills and non-legal support to communities and people in need, and on behalf of issues they care about. While we encourage volunteerism 12 months of the year, we hope you will take some time during October to provide service to others.

Please tell us how you’ve contributed by taking 2 minutes to share your experience with us: http://tinyurl.com/2017DULawshareprobono. For ideas, check out this non-exhaustive list of opportunities, regularly available to students: http://tinyurl.com/DULawvolunteeropportunities. Visit www.idealist.org for additional suggestions. Questions/comments: publicinterest@law.du.edu.

By Judy Stein
Judy Stein Career Consultant Judy Stein