Pro Bono Fair Draws Crowd Interested in Gaining Experience and Giving Back

Potential volunteers discussed their interests with a staff member from Prisoners’ Legal Services, a BBF grantee.

Potential volunteers discussed their interests with a staff member from Prisoners’ Legal Services, a BBF grantee, at the Pro Bono Fair on Monday evening.

An estimated 250 law students and new lawyers flocked to the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk Law School on Monday night to learn about pro bono opportunities throughout the city and network with public interest attorneys. The annual Pro Bono Fair, co-hosted by the BBA and Suffolk University Law Center, featured more than 25 Boston-area legal agencies.

Beyond the Billable caught up with a couple of students to hear why they decided to attend the fair. Here’s what they had to say:

“I just started doing pro bono work and I am trying to do more. It offers a lot of ways to get connected. Before you realized what you want to do, you have to figure out what you don’t want to do. Pro bono work and learning about the opportunities here can help you expand your knowledge about different areas of law and what is available.”—Eric Albright, second year law student at Suffolk University Law School

“I was really seeking pro bono opportunities and I thought coming here would give me a more global view of what I could find. In France it’s not as common to do pro bono work. So it’s part of my LL.M. experience. I think doing something productive with my skills is critical.” – Juliette Guillemot, LL.M. student, Boston University Law School

Look below for a glimpse of the event:

Students listened to ways to get involved in pro bono work through the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR), a BBF grantee.

Students listened to ways to get involved in pro bono work through the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR), a BBF grantee.

Staff from the Community Disputes Settlement Center gave interested volunteer more information on how to get involved in pro bono work with their organization.

Staff from the Community Disputes Settlement Center gave interested volunteer more information on how to get involved in pro bono work with their organization.

Interested volunteers picked up handouts at the table of the Victim Rights Law Center, a BBF grantee.

Interested volunteers picked up handouts at the table of the Victim Rights Law Center, a BBF grantee.

If you missed the event but are interested in getting involved in pro bono work, click here to view the comprehensive program booklet. For more information on how volunteers help the participating organizations, check out the Voices of the Bar piece from BBA Week last week.