Four Boston University School of Law students will spend their spring break March 11-15 volunteering at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, ME. Brian Balduzzi, Zachary Crawford, Meghan Kelly, and Kate Welby will assist attorneys at Pine Tree Legal Assistance with a case involving a major school district in Maine.
They are among 63 BU Law students participating in the School’s spring break pro bono service trips to 11 cities across the United States to work on a variety of legal issues. Each group is composed of from two to 10 students and supervised by a BU law professor, staff member or alumnus.
“Our goal is to show students how lawyers can get involved and what poverty and legal need look like in different geographic and topical areas,” says Maura Kelly, assistant dean for career development and public service, in a press release. “We try to cover a wide variety of legal issues that disproportionately impact individuals with limited financial means.”
Administered through BU Law’s Pro Bono Program, this year’s spring break service trips are placing groups of students with nonprofit legal organizations in Biloxi, MS; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Harlingen, TX; Kansas City, MO; Los Angles, CA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Oklahoma City, OK; and Portland, ME.
Founded in 1872, Boston University School of Law is a top-tier law school offering nearly 200 courses, 17 study abroad options, and 14 dual degree programs, taught by professors recognized nationally as exceptional teachers and preeminent scholars. With a full-time J.D. and five LL.M. degree programs, BU Law provides a rigorous education that integrates critical legal theory learned in class with professional lawyering skills developed in the School’s many civil and criminal law clinics, national and international externships, pro bono placements, and highly regarded transactional practice program.
No details of the case the students will work on in Maine will be released until the case is filed, according to a Pine Tree spokeswoman.