Public Interest by the Numbers
Photo 1/2: Student organizers attend the annual Home Court charity basketball game on March 19. The game raised $539,185.80 to benefit the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless--just one of the many public interest projects carried out by students this year.
Photo 2/2: IL public service projects during Orientation Week 2012 included landscaping at the National Zoo.
April 25, 2013 — Here’s what the Law Center community learned at the annual “Public Interest Proud” reception, sponsored by the Office of Public Interest and Community Service, on April 16:
250: Number of first-years who signed the Pro Bono Pledge.
41: Number of projects in which they participated.
31: Number of organizations they served.
50,000: Number of hours students worked in public-service externships.
$25,000: Amount of money raised by the Equal Justice Foundation auction in support of the Law Center's guaranteed public interest summer funding program.
$540,000: Amount of money the Home Court charity basketball game raised for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
1,200: Number of hours contributed by 35 students on public service spring break trips to New Orleans and New Jersey.
35,000: Hours of time donated to public service work by the Class of 2013.
Associate Dean Jane Aiken, who leads the clinical education and public interest programs, sums it up like this: “When you look at it collectively, it is nothing short of remarkable.”