Public Service and Public Interest Law

Students Honored for Public Service

Law School Office of Communications
May 19, 2014

Congratulations to the following graduating students that have completed the Pro Bono Service Initiative by dedicating 50 or more hours to public service:

Laws Prohibiting Sex-Selective Abortion in the United States: Ending Gender Discrimination or Perpetuating Xenophobia?

As part of the anti-abortion movement's legislative campaign, seven states have passed bans on sex-selective abortion and many more are pending, including in Congress. Advocates of the bans argue that they are needed to prevent widespread elimination of female fetuses by Asians in the United States.

Student organization presenters: 
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Student organization presenters: 
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Student organization presenters: 
South Asian Law Students Association

Deborah Leff '77 Named Head of DOJ Pardon Attorney's Office

Is this a Record profile?: 
No

From MSNBC.com:

Class year: 
1977

Mike Hilgers '04 Running for Nebraska Attorney General

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No

From the Lincoln Journal-Star:

In the most wide-open race for attorney general in recent memory, six people are vying to become Nebraska's next top law enforcement officer.

Class year: 
2004

Sarah Kang '15 Named April’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month

Rebecca Smith, '16
Pro Bono Board
April 14, 2014

Editor's note: The Pro Bono Board, a student group committed to expanding pro bono knowledge and opportunities to students, names a Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month. The April honoree is Sarah Kang,’15. Rebecca Smith, a member of the board, wrote this story on her work.

David Gossett '97 Named FCC's Acting Deputy General Counsel for Litigation

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No

From the FCC website:

The Office of General Counsel today named David M. Gossett as Acting Deputy General Counsel for Litigation. Mr. Gossett will have day-to-day responsibility for directing the FCC’s advocacy in the nation’s courts. 

Class year: 
1997

Congratulations to March’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month: Shaun Haines

Rebecca Smith, '16
Pro Bono Board
March 20, 2014

Editor's note: The Pro Bono Board, a student group committed to expanding pro bono knowledge and opportunities to students, names a Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month. The March honoree is Shaun Haines,’16. His classmate, Rebecca Smith, a member of the board, wrote this story on his work.

Emily Buss, "Court Reform in the Juvenile Justice System"

Over 100 years ago, Chicago led the way in establishing separate courts for young people who committed crimes.  These Juvenile Courts, soon in operation in every state, had two interrelated aims:  The first was to separate adolescent offenders from adult criminals.

David Strauss, "Does the Constitution Always Mean What It Says?"

The U.S. Constitution is "the supreme Law of the Land." Of course some of its provisions are vague and must be interpreted. But when the Constitution says something clearly, we follow it. Don't we?

Giving Back While Growing Your Career: The How and Why of Non-Profit Board Service

Recorded on February 19, 2014. Never before has the role of non-profit board members been so important. With many non-profits stretched beyond the capacity trying to meet serious community needs with constricting financial resources, board members must provide both strategic leadership and steady stewardship, with a focus on financial sustainability.

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