4 BU Law students to assist area residents facing foreclosure

Four Boston University School of Law students will spend their spring break this week volunteering at Michigan Legal Services, a nonprofit organization that serves the legal needs of low-­?income residents in the Detroit area. Amanda Hesse, Philip Mackson, Andrew Trueheart, and Megan Saumier-­?Smith will work directly with clients facing foreclosure and other related legal issues.

They are among 52 BU Law students participating in the school's spring break pro bono service trips to 13 cities across the United States to work on a variety of legal issues. Up to six students comprise each group with involvement from a BU Law professor, staff member, or alumnus.

"Through our pro bono spring break service trips, students gain exposure to legal and community concerns unique to the various geographic locations," says BU Law Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Carolyn Goodwin. "Students use a range of legal skills, from interviewing clients to legal research, and they work on issues spanning disaster recovery, foreclosure prevention, and immigration matters."

Administered through BU Law's Pro Bono Program, this year's spring break service trips are placing students with nonprofit legal organizations in Biloxi (MS), Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Harlingen (TX), Los Angles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, Portland (ME), and San Francisco. These pro bono service trips provide students with an opportunity to bring their classroom learning into the field and to assist clients with a variety of real-­?world legal issues.

Boston University School of Law was founded in 1872.

Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

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