Lawyers & Leaders: Incarcerated in Iowa on Sept. 6

The University of Iowa Prison Projects Symposium “Incarcerated in Iowa” takes place on Saturday, September 6. The symposium seeks to foster connections between prisons and the surrounding communities. A schedule and registration information can be found here. L and LLaw students who register and attend may count this as a Lawyers & Leaders event for the Fall semester.

Attendance at one Lawyers & Leaders program is required to qualify for membership in Iowa Law’s Pro Bono Society for a given semester. While CLP plans a number of Lawyers & Leaders events at the law school each semester, occasionally outside events such as this symposium are designated to qualify for credit. Law students who wish to count this symposium as a Lawyer & Leaders event should register for the symposium and then e-mail to indicate they’ve attended this qualifying event.

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Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County will be tabling in the law school lobby on Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 to talk with law students interested in volunteering as a school mentor who meets with the same student for one hour each week during the semester. More information on BBBSJC can be found here.

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Volunteers Sought for Cedar Rapids Mock Trial Program

Wilson Middle School in Cedar Rapids is looking for volunteers to assist with Mock Trial.  Volunteers will work with three small classes that meet in the mornings between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM. Please contact Wilson MS PACT Program Manager Melissa Davis if interested at

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Apply Now for Fall 2014 Pro Bono Projects!

The Citizen Lawyer Program is now accepting applications from Iowa Law students for Fall 2014 Pro Bono Projects. Project descriptions and the application information are available by logging into Symplicity and under the “Jobs” tab select “CSM Jobs” and the look for “Fall 2014 Pro Bono Projects.” The completed application form and resume must be uploaded via Symplicity by midnight on Wednesday, September 3.

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New Iowa Law Students Participate in Orientation Service Event

Over 160 new JD, LLM, and exchange students participated in Tuesday’s orientation service event coordinated by the Citizen Lawyer Program.  These newest members of the Iowa Law community were joined by a dozen upper-class leaders and worked with six organizations at locations around Johnson County.  Service activities included:


  • Trail maintenance for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake
  • Cleaning and organization at Ronald McDonald House
  • Painting and stocking at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore
  • Water access improvements at the City of Iowa City’s Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
  • Sorting donations at the Crowded Closet
  • Salvaging materials from a house for Friends of Historic Preservation

Iowa Law’s orientation service event is an annual tradition and introduces students to the importance of service in the legal profession and the work of the Citizen Lawyer Program.


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Summer Opportunities with Habitat for Humanity

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers for a number of projects this summer.  View opportunities and sign-up here!

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Habitat for Humanity Furniture Project

Are you moving away from Iowa City and looking for a place to donate your gently used furniture? Consider the Habitat for Humanity Furniture Project! The Furniture Project provides good, gently used furniture (including beds, dressers, tables and chairs) to local households in need. The program has benefitted numerous families in Johnson County and has diverted hundreds of reusable pieces of furniture from the landfill.habitat-logo

Please be aware that materials are accepted at staff discretion. Furniture is accepted if it is clean, in good structural condition, and aesthetically appealing–and it may be donated in one of two ways:

  • You can drop off donations at the ReStore any time during our donation hours, Daily 9 AM-5 PM. Please call ahead if you have over-sized or bulky donations that may require assistance with unloading.
  • Donors may call the ReStore at 319-338-5687 to schedule a pick-up. Because we use volunteer staff we must have all pieces on the ground floor or garage.

For more information, please see the Furniture Project’s web-site!

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1Ls and 2Ls: AmeriCorps JD Summer Funding for Students – Deadline May 2

The deadline for students to apply to the AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award has been extended through May 2.

AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with a nonprofit program or other qualifying organization. AmeriCorps JD members must begin their service by June 30 and complete the required 300 hours of service within one year.

By completing the application and consenting to a background check, students have the opportunity to earn additional funds for the work they are already doing this summer and throughout the school year while still being able to receive outside funding up to $4,300.

To be eligible, a student must:

*   Agree to criminal background checks;
*   Not receive more than $4,300 in outside funding for their project; and
*   Not be receiving school credit for the same service.

Click here for more information, or contact Christine Ralston in the Career Services Office with questions.

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