The Catholic University of America

Annual Pro Bono


LSS Pro Bono Trip 2012
During the week of May 12, 2012 to May 19, 2012, fifteen law students from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana to participate in the Legal Services Society (LSS) New Orleans Outreach Program through volunteering at the Orleans Public Defenders Office. Throughout our time in New Orleans, we had the privilege of assisting the talented and dedicated public defenders in meeting some of the legal needs of their most impoverished clients. We saw first-hand how much of a difference a week of our work can make in the legal cases and lives of some of New Orleans’ most
disadvantaged citizens.

During the 2012 trip, each student dedicated over forty hours to assisting the Orleans Public Defenders staff in a variety of ways. The responsibilities of the law student volunteers included: conducting client intake interviews and jail visits, providing clients and their families with information about the status of their cases, researching legal issues, writing motions and memorandums of law, reviewing and summarizing discovery evidence, and assisting with court appearances. Some of the law student volunteers even had the unique opportunity to speak personally with the presiding judge of a felony trial that they had observed.

LSS Pro Bono Trip 2010

In May of 2010 members of the Legal Services Society led 25 Columbus School of Law students to New Orleans to provide pro bono legal services to the Orleans Public Defenders' office. During the course of the week, upper year students performed various research and drafting tasks. Rising 2L students did clerical tasks and worked with OPD Pretrial Services. The trip was made possible through student fundraising and contributions from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

The 2010 Pro Bono trip provided the participants with invaluable, hands-on experience in criminal defense, and a crash course in the daily operation of a major city's Public Defenders' office. They welcomed us, taught us, and put us to work.
LSS Pro Bono Trip 2009
In its third trip to the Gulf Coast, LSS spent a week working in partnership with the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center to help alleviate some of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

LSS Pro Bono Trip 2008

In May 2008, LSS made its second Pro Bono Trip to Biloxi, Mississippi, to work with the Mississippi Center for Justice to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina.