Summer Opportunities with Habitat for Humanity

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers for a number of projects this summer.  View opportunities and sign-up here!

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Habitat for Humanity Furniture Project

Are you moving away from Iowa City and looking for a place to donate your gently used furniture? Consider the Habitat for Humanity Furniture Project! The Furniture Project provides good, gently used furniture (including beds, dressers, tables and chairs) to local households in need. The program has benefitted numerous families in Johnson County and has diverted hundreds of reusable pieces of furniture from the landfill.habitat-logo

Please be aware that materials are accepted at staff discretion. Furniture is accepted if it is clean, in good structural condition, and aesthetically appealing–and it may be donated in one of two ways:

  • You can drop off donations at the ReStore any time during our donation hours, Daily 9 AM-5 PM. Please call ahead if you have over-sized or bulky donations that may require assistance with unloading.
  • Donors may call the ReStore at 319-338-5687 to schedule a pick-up. Because we use volunteer staff we must have all pieces on the ground floor or garage.

For more information, please see the Furniture Project’s web-site!

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1Ls and 2Ls: AmeriCorps JD Summer Funding for Students – Deadline May 2

The deadline for students to apply to the AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award has been extended through May 2.

AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with a nonprofit program or other qualifying organization. AmeriCorps JD members must begin their service by June 30 and complete the required 300 hours of service within one year.

By completing the application and consenting to a background check, students have the opportunity to earn additional funds for the work they are already doing this summer and throughout the school year while still being able to receive outside funding up to $4,300.

To be eligible, a student must:

*   Agree to criminal background checks;
*   Not receive more than $4,300 in outside funding for their project; and
*   Not be receiving school credit for the same service.

Click here for more information, or contact Christine Ralston in the Career Services Office with questions.

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In Case You Missed It… “Civility Matters” Lawyers & Leaders Event

Civility Matters 1On Friday, April 18th, attorneys Stephen Doohan and Dan Shuck and Chief Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles spoke to a large group of students about civility in the legal profession.

The presentation featured incivility that they have experienced in their own professional lives, as well as videos of other instances of incivility. Most notably, the attorneys and Judge showed students a video of Justin Bieber’s infamous deposition and explained how a person would best approach dealing with both an uncivil witness and uncivil opposing counsel.

Civility Matters 2The attorneys and Judge also touched on the topic of electronic communication. Such communication has much more longevity than a regular face-to-face conversation, so it is important that legal professionals take a moment before clicking ‘send’ so any electronic communication is civil.

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Need Community Service Hours? Volunteer at the Crisis Center Food Bank!

CrisisCenterLogoThe last volunteer shift for the semester is on Friday, April 25 from 12:45 to 4:00pm.

The shift is open to all law students, and coordinated by the Citizen Lawyer Program.  Up to five volunteers are needed.  There is no training needed, just ability to be on your feet for three hours and willingness to pitch in with distributing groceries.  This is a great way to earn community Boyd Service Hours and donate time to a wonderful local community program.

If you would like to volunteer at the Crisis Center, you can sign up on the sheet posted on the CLP bulletin board (outside 216 BLB).  Email or stop by the CLP office if you have questions.


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A Volunteer Hour is Worth $22.55 in 2013

The relationship between time and moneyAccording to Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is valued at $22.55 for 2013, an 41 cent increase from 2012. In Iowa, the value of a volunteer hour is estimated at $20.93.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 64.5 million Americans, or 26.5 percent of the adult population, gave 7.9 billion hours of volunteer service worth $175 billion in 2012.


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Student Loan Repayment Plans & Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

heather large program student mailbox flyerHeather Jarvis, a nationally recognized law student loan repayment expert, will be at the College of Law on Thursday, April 17th. She has contributed to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee, has trained thousands of students and professionals, and is sought after for her sophisticated legal knowledge and accessible teaching style.

Join her on April 17th at 12:40 in room 225 for a large presentation, or sign up to meet with her in smaller groups throughout the morning and the afternoon. Sign-up sheets for the small group meetings are on the board across from the door to the Financial Aid Office, 276 BLB.



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Pro Bono Project Spotlight: ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

aclu_logoFounded in 1987, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of non-citizens and to combating public and private discrimination against immigrants.  For more than twenty years, the IRP has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights through class action lawsuits, law reform litigation, judicial rulings and legal advocacy.

The ACLU-IRP has ongoing litigation challenging anti-immigrant state laws and local practices in (inter alia) Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, and South Carolina, and is contemplating litigation in other locations.  Student volunteers working on this pro bono project support these litigation efforts by conducting research on relevant legal and factual issues.

This semester, two law students are conducting research assigned by ACLU staff attorneys to support the ACLU-IRP’s litigation efforts.  Legal issues taken on by the student participants include the role of nonprofit organizations in assisting immigrants and the legality of anti-immigrant laws and local practices at the state level.  In addition, four students worked on this project last semester.  One student said that the experience has helped her learn about the “many resources and advocates helping immigrants who have problems with their status and rights.”

Thank you to all of the participants in the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project pro bono project for your service to help the ACLU defend the rights of immigrants across the nation.

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