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featured PBC Projects.

Stanford Law Professor

Deborah L. Rhode described

the PBC as a model that

“could be widely replicated”

in her article “Access to

Justice: An Agenda for Legal

Education and Research.”

The PBC grows to include Street Law and

the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project -

two student-driven pro bono projects.

The PBC was featured on the brand new

AALS website as one of only three

“innovative and outstanding programs.”

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

The Legal Services Corporation Report of the Pro Bono Task Force mentioned the PBC

as “one great example of how much can be accomplished through collaboration.”

The PBC celebrates its 10-year anniversary with:

• 52 projects

• 130 attorneys from 28 law firms

• 215 law students

• 6,000 pro bono attorney hours

• 7,000 pro bono law student hours

• Over 200 community legal presentations

• Over 700 advice and counsel sessions

• Nearly 200 direct representation cases (guardianship, special education, family law,

expungement and immigration)

• 19 non-profits serving thousands of low-income Rhode Islanders were provided with legal representation –

these organizations serve thousands of Rhode Islanders

The PBC was nominated for the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award.

The National Center for Access to Justice featured the PBC in its report “Model

Projects & Structures To Strengthen Law Student Pro Bono To Increase Access To

Justice”as a “law student pro bono model that does a good job of increasing access

to justice by responding to the legal needs of vulnerable people in

underserved communities.”

The PBC staff presented at the ABA

Equal Justice Conference Law School

Pre-conference on “Pro Bono on the

Experiential Education Spectrum.”