Service is a core value of the legal profession, and the Citizen Lawyer Program works to instill this ethic in Iowa Law students throughout their legal education. In addition to it's law-related pro bono projects, CLP connects Iowa Law students to non-law volunteer opportunities in the local community, and promotes service work of all types through the Pro Bono Society and Boyd Service Award. Students may claim service hours for all volunteer work that meets the requirements of the Pro Bono Society Constitution. While students are encouraged to find the opportunities that best fit their own interests, CLP highlights several non-law opportunities each semester that have worked particularly well for law students in the past:
UI REACH is a two year transition program for college aged individuals with disabilities. UI REACH provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience college while working on academic, social, and independent living skills. UI REACH has a variety of ways to become involved. One way is through the 1 to 1 volunteer program. In this opportunity a UI REACH student and a traditional UI student are paired up for weekly social opportunities. These opportunities are coordinated to fit both student’s schedules and interests. The UI REACH Program asks that volunteers meet with their UI REACH student each week for at least 1 hour during the academic calendar. Activities can include both on and off campus events. The University of Iowa requires all volunteers complete a background check prior to beginning. Individuals who are interested in volunteering should email Adam Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County's School Based Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for law students to work 1 to 1 with a Little Sister or Brother. Volunteers visit with their Little Brother or Little Sister for one hour at the same day and time each week during school hours. Individuals who are interested should contact Jill Krominga at email@example.com.
The Crisis Center of Johnson County operates an emergency food bank in Iowa City. Iowa Law students have committed to filling a regular Friday shift at the Crisis Center. Information on shift sign-up will be posted soon.
The REACH program and Big Brothers Big Sisters will be tabling in the Boyd Law Building lobby on Sept. 1 and 2 for students who would like more information.