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Public Interest Advocate & Pro Bono Advocate Recognition

The Miller Pro Bono Program will recognize as a Miller Public Interest or Pro Bono Advocate, any student who, during his/her law school career, performs at least 60 hours of legal work in one or more of the following public interest settings:

Legal Services Office, Public Defender Office, American Civil Liberties Union, The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, County or Federal Bar Association Pro Bono Projects, Center for Immigration Rights, Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, Children’s Advocacy Clinic, Community Law Clinic, Family Law Clinic, as well as other settings that serve individuals who traditionally have not had full access to justice. The Miller Pro Bono Program provides a number of opportunities for students to engage in qualifying work.

Compensated activities and activities for which academic credit is received (such as externships) do qualify for recognition as a Public Interest Advocate.

If you have not already been certified, have completed 60 hours of qualifying service, and wish to be recognized as an Advocate, you must submit a minimum two-page, double-spaced, typed memorandum setting forth the following:

  1. The Law School campus where you reside; 
  2. A general description of the program or office in which you performed public interest legal work:
    1. whether you received any compensation or academic credit for the work,
    2. an estimate of the amount of hours worked, and
    3. a description of the type of work that you performed; (and if you had direct client contact, please describe). 
  3. Based on your answer to number 2, note whether you are applying to be recognized as a Pro Bono Advocate for uncompensated and non-credited work with a qualifying organization or for recognition as a Public Interest Advocate. 
  4. A reflection on what impact the public interest aspects of the experience had on your legal education as well as what skills or insights you will transfer to your post graduate career; and 
  5. An analysis of what would be necessary to increase access to justice to the constituents that the office represented. Please focus on what, outside of funding, would enable the office to better serve its clients and their communities. If there is a specific area, department or program that is in need of better funding, or if you have ideas on sources of funding, please include those observations in the memorandum.

If you have any questions about the Advocate recognition process, please do not hesitate to contact Katherene E. Holtzinger Conner, director of Public Interest Programs.