Pro Bono and Public Service

Gonzaga University School of Law, as part of its mission to educate the whole person to serve the public good, is dedicated to supporting student participation in pro bono and public service opportunities. The Center for Civil and Human Rights oversees programs which support the student in pro bono and public service work, as well as provides opportunities to students.

All Gonzaga University School of Law students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of public service for graduation. In addition, Gonzaga’s Pro Bono Distinction program recognizes students who have dedicated themselves to additional pro bono service. For more information on the required public service hours or the Pro Bono Distinction program, please see the Gonzaga University School of Law’s Student Handbook

Reporting Public Services and Pro Bono Hours

Pro Bono Opportunities 

Pro bono service is defined as providing law-related services, under the direct supervision of an attorney, for which the student does not receive academic credit or pay (including work-study, grant, fellowship, or scholarship money) to:

  • a non-profit organization or government entity
  • a lawyer or law firm providing services that comport with Rule 6.1 of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, “Voluntary Pro Bono Public Service”
  • pro bono service projects coordinated by Gonzaga’s Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Gonzaga’s University Legal Assistance clinic or an externship placement in excess of the work hours required for credit
  • an entity that a student works for in compliance with the terms of a grant or scholarship, in excess of the terms of service required for the grant or scholarship, if the work otherwise meets one of the requirements above

Pro bono service projects coordinated by the Center for Civil and Human Rights

  • Law student volunteers work with OneAmerica to provide assistance with citizenship applications to drop-in clients
  • Fall 2019 Citizenship Day: September 21, 2019 in Pasco, WA and Ellensburg, WA
  • For more information, contact Michele Fukawa or see OneAmerica’s website
  • To sign up for the opportunity, please see OneAmerica’s signup page
 
  • Students assist with monthly drop-in clinics to assist transgender individuals with updating their identification, including state IDs, passports, birth certificates, and Social Security information.
  • Students assist with “Know Your Rights” community presentations to provide information on LGBTQ+ rights, including information and resources on housing, employment, and healthcare.
  • For more information, contact: Michele Fukawa
  • Sign up for this pro bono opportunity through the Events page in ZagLAW
 
  • Two law students provide support to the monthly drop in Justice Night clinic at Center for Justice. 
  • For more information, contact: Michele Fukawa
  • Sign up for this pro bono opportunity through the Events page in ZagLAW
 
  • JRSP students provide advocacy to pro se individuals seeking to seal their juvenile records in Spokane County. Students provide the individuals with the relevant statute and the necessary paperwork, and submit the documents to the Juvenile Court and various agencies on their behalf.
  • Students apply to JRSP at the beginning of each term.
  • For more information, contact: Michele Fukawa
 
  • Students provide support to the LBAW Immigration drop in clinic, which is coordinated through LBAW, Spokane County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, Center for Justice, and Catholic Charities
  • For more information, contact: Michele Fukawa
 
  • LFO Project students provide advocacy and information to pro se individuals who seek to have their LFOs waived or reduced
  • For more information, contact: Michele Fukawa
 
  • MMP is a statewide program under the Washington State Bar Association, which assists Washington residents who seek a referral to an attorney and fall between 200-400% of Federal Poverty Level. MMP students at Gonzaga University School of Law commit to working at least 5 pro bono hours per week. Duties include screening and interviewing clients, drafting case summaries, using the LegalServer database, and managing a caseload.
  • Students apply to MMP prior to the beginning of each term. The supervising attorney for MMP is Maggie Schott.
  • For more information, contact: Maggie Schott
 
  • Through the Spokane County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Transitions Women’s Hearth Clinic offers family law and estate planning assistance to the community. Students are paired with a volunteer lawyer to offer legal advice and assistance with forms.
  • For more information, contact: Genevieve Mann
  • Sign up for this pro bono opportunity through the Events page in ZagLAW
 

 

Public Service Opportunities

“Public service” is broadly interpreted. It encompasses traditional pro bono legal work, but can also be satisfied by any of the following activities, so long as the student receives no compensation:

- Volunteering at a nonprofit charitable, civic or community organization (law or non-law related)
- Assisting an attorney or law firm on a pro bono case
- Any work over & above your required Externship or University Legal Assistance (Clinic) hours
- Serving at a public agency

Public service opportunities coordinated through Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Engagement can be found here