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More than 100 students inducted into Pro Bono, Public Service Honors Societies

California Western School of Law Dean Steven R. Smith and the school’s Career Services Office recently honored more than 100 students for their commitment to pro bono and public service work.

After volunteering more than 9,700 hours with local public interest agencies, 94 students were inducted into the law school’s Pro Bono Honors Society. These students provided at least 50 hours of volunteer legal services to the community. Some of the agencies that benefitted from the volunteer work done by California Western students include the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, the National Family Justice Center Alliance, Elder Law & Advocacy, and the San Diego County Public Defender.

California Western students, who provide at least 50 hours of volunteer legal services to city, county, state, and federal government organizations, including the judiciary, are eligible for induction in the Public Service Honors Society. This year 31 students, who volunteered more than 6,800 hours of public service, were recognized for their contribution to the community.

“We applaud our students for their commitment to public service, and we are honored to celebrate them” said Courtney Miklusak, Director of Career Services. “Their experience allows them to develop valuable legal skills, and helps build upon a lifelong commitment to pro bono work.”

Pro Bono Honors Society
Established in 1991, California Western’s Pro Bono Program provides law students the opportunity to establish their commitment to pro bono service, while gaining valuable practical legal training. The Program recognizes students’ pro bono legal service with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or private interests dedicated to the needs of persons of limited means and pro bono legal service with nonprofit organizations working in other areas of the law.

Public Service Honors Society
California Western’s Public Service Program was established three years ago and recognizes California Western students who provide volunteer legal services with governmental agencies. The Program provides law students the opportunity to establish their commitment to public service while gaining valuable practical legal training.

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