The Catholic University of America

Legal Services Society

Founded in 2006, the Legal Services Society has grown into a network of students and alumni who seek to foster the understanding that legal professionals have an obligation to provide our skills free of charge to underserved and disadvantaged communities in Washington, D.C. and the nation at-large. The Legal Services Society’s members believe that hands-on experience is the best way to teach the intrinsic value of pro bono work. The Legal Services Society is proud to represent the Columbus School of Law and The Catholic University of America as it strives to embody the University’s spirit of public service.

What is the mission of the Legal Services Society?

The mission of the Legal Services Society (LSS) is to create, through hands-on experience, a socially conscious network of students, faculty and alumni at the Columbus School of Law, each of whom are imbued with a commitment and desire to fulfill the professional obligation of providing full services to individuals whose needs, legal or otherwise, are unmet.

All students who pledge and complete at least 30 hours of pro bono work throughout their law school career shall be recognized at graduation for their accomplishment. Although students do not have to be members of the organization in order to make this pledge, all pro bono hours would count towards the 15 hour/semester membership requirement. To start pledging pro bono hours, pick up the Pro Bono Challenge packet in the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Pro-Bono Membership Requirement

You can dedicate as much or as little time as you want to LSS.  However, members are asked to pledge 15 hours per semester of membership in furtherance of the goals of LSS. Opportunities exist in a variety of different environments - including law firms, the government and non-profit organizations - in a number of different disciplines, from tax to child advocacy to landlord tenant disputes.

How do I sign up?

Everything you need to sign-up is available through TWEN. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Executive Board
President, Katherine Somers, kbsomers@gmail.com
President, Brian Farnkoff, brianfarnkoff@gmail.com
Pro Bono Coordinator, Koria Stanton, koria.stanton@gmail.com
Pro Bono Coordinator, Brittni Downs, bdowns0711@gmail.com
Pro Bono Coordinator, Brandon Braithwaite, braithwaite.brandon4@gmail.com