HOMENEWSLAW CENTER AWARDED BY CATHOLIC PRO BONO NETWORK LAW CENTER RECOGNIZED BY CATHOLIC PRO BONO NETWORK
James Bishop, left, of the Archdiocesan Legal Network (ALN), ALN advisory board member Susan Hoffman of Crowell & Moring, right, and Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, present OPICS Director of Pro Bono Programs Holly Eaton with the ALN award. Photo by Hilary Schwab
“Georgetown Law is an example of the kind of institutions that make the Legal Network possible,” said James Bishop, senior program director for the Archdiocesan Legal Network. “Only through the volunteers who take time to get involved in someone’s life can the Legal Network help so many people.”
He also said the network recognized “the indelible impact [the students have] made in the lives of so many men, women and families who needed access to sound and fair legal representation."
ALN has helped underserved people in Washington, D.C., with such issues as consumer debt, bankruptcy, employment, family law, landlord-tenant and housing for more than 20 years.
Established in 1989, the network has assisted an estimated 25,000 clients by providing information, direct legal assistance and referrals to attorneys and law firms.
“Public service is a hallmark of Georgetown Law,” said Dean William M. Treanor. “We are grateful to ALN for this recognition of our students’ commitment to serving others.”
Each year, OPICS refers law students to volunteer at ALN as part of its pro bono program.
The program includes the Pro Bono Pledge, which challenges each student to perform 75 hours of law-related pro bono service before graduation, and the 1L Pro Bono Service Project, which places first-year students in volunteer positions with local legal services.
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