Public Service and Public Interest Law

Pro Bono Coffee Mess (Part of Human Trafficking Series)

Green Lounge

Join local non-profit organizations, PILS, and Susan Curry in the Green Lounge for a special Pro Bono Coffee Mess.  Organizations specializing and/or dealing with human trafficking, domestic violence, and gender violence victims will be on hand to provide information on legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities.

Human Trafficking: Global Problems, Global Solutions (Afternoon Lecture)


Prof. Mohamed Mattar-- of the Georgetown Law Center and Johns Hopkins University's SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) will present his research on the constitutional limitations and judicial application of various human trafficking statutes.  Prof.

M. Todd Henderson

Human Trafficking: Global Problems, Global Solutions (Lunch Panel)

Room III

Prof. Mohamed Mattar of the Georgetown Law Center and Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) will discuss, along with Prof. Tom Ginsburg, this growing international human rights problem and the importance (and lack of) international state cooperation.

Tom Ginsburg

Adam M. Roberts, "Working to Keep Wildlife in the Wild"

The University of Chicago Student Animal Legal Defense Fund proudly presents the 3rd Annual Animal Law Week, generously supported by The McCormick Companions' Fund.  On Monday, April 11th, Adam M. Roberts discusses lions, bears, and bushmeat in his presentation: "Working to Keep Wildlife in the Wild."  Mr.

59:41 minutes (54.65 MB)

Chicago Maroon on New LRAP

Law School pays education loans for do-good grads
Rebecca Guterman
Chicago Maroon
April 1, 2011

U of C law students aiming to help the greater good can now expect a big payoff. Graduates entering the public service sector will have the opportunity to receive a free law school education, thanks to a new Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).

Michael H. Schill

PILS Presents: Illinois Legal Aid Online LiveHelp Training

Room IV

Still looking for ways to earn pro bono hours? Staff from Illinois Legal Aid Online will be conducting a training session for students interested in volunteering for LiveHelp, a service that connects people looking for legal information on with a remotely located LiveHelp operator for assistance.

Dramatic New LRAP Offers Chicago Law Graduates in Public Interest Careers Unparalleled Support

Dramatic New LRAP Offers Chicago Law Graduates in Public Interest Careers Unparalleled Support
Law School Office of Communications
March 11, 2011

The University of Chicago Law School today announced a complete redesign of its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), making it the most generous program of its kind.

Michael H. Schill

Bernard Harcourt, "The Illusion of Free Markets: Laissez faire and Mass Incarceration"

It is widely believed today that the free market is the best mechanism ever invented to efficiently allocate resources in society. Just as fundamental is the belief that government has a legitimate and competent role in policing and punishing. The result, in this country, has been an incendiary combination of laissez faire and mass incarceration.

60:34 minutes (55.46 MB)

Paul Smith, "The Current Status of Litigation to Promote LGBT Rights"

Fresh from his oral argument before the Supreme Court in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association (a First Amendment challenge to California's ban on the sale of "violent" video games to minors and the topic for the moot court competition in the fall), Mr. Smith will survey cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; Proposition 8; Don't Ask, Don't Tell; and more.

55:24 minutes (50.73 MB)

Susan Curry Discusses Chicago's Expanded Public Interest Program

Chicago Expands Its Public Service Offerings
Susan J. Curry
February 25, 2011

If you are like me, when you think of The University of Chicago Law School, you envision a learning environment characterized by intense intellectual and academic engagement. That intensity is what makes Chicago unique among the nation’s law schools and it’s often used as a descriptor for both our faculty and our students.

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