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Winter 2009

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University of Toledo Law Review


Leaving behind a vibrant, effective pro bono program is a cherished legacy for any dean. Not only can such a program better the lives of our own students, but it also can harness their powerful minds, willing hearts, and many hands to serve the needs of our communities now and for years to come. If students hear about the importance of pro bono work and have easy access to pro bono opportunities during law school, they are more likely to get involved in public service after law school. As a result, the community and school benefit from their efforts, and the students gain experience that may affect the course of their legal careers and their lives.

Pro bono programs cannot be exempt from assessment. Whether your pro bono program is decades old or has yet to be created, we ask you to join Dayton Law in taking a moment to assess your goals for your program and your students and how you will marshal the resources necessary to meet those goals. The following questions provide a good starting place for any assessment, and the remainder of this article will expand each of these questions: Is our pro bono program producing the outcomes we seek? Should our pro bono program be mandatory or voluntary? What should qualify as pro bono service? How many hours of pro bono service should we expect of our students? Are our key stakeholders invested in the success of our pro bono program?

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Toledo, OH

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