Pro Bono Month at Cumberland To Offer Free Legal Clinics to the Community

Posted: Wed, 10/02/2013 - 17:28

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law will celebrate the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Week with a free educational program for lawyers and several free legal clinics for community members performed by volunteer lawyers and law students.

Cumberland School of Law puts a strong emphasis on the importance of pro bono work, according to Cassandra Adams, director of the Cumberland Community Mediation Center and Public Interest Program. Since the national movement started, Cumberland's programs have stretched past National Pro Bono Week into the entire month of October.

A Poverty Simulation Program Friday, Oct. 4, will kick off the series, teaching participants about the difficulties faced by impoverished citizens such as common and legal issues that many people take for granted. The program, cosponsored by the Alabama State Bar Association and the Cumberland Community Mediation Center and Public Interest Program, will be held in the Great Room of Robinson Hall, the law school building. It is filled to capacity.

Other Cumberland Pro Bono Month programs, with information about who volunteers may contact, are:

Free Senior Citizen Wills Clinic, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 708 1st South, Birmingham, AL 35205. Volunteer Contact: Cassandra Adams or Charmayne Fillmore at 205-726-4342 or ccmc@samford.edu.

Volunteer Mediator Training (also in recognition of ABA National Mediation Week) Monday, Oct. 14 - Tuesday, Oct. 15, Cumberland School of Law. Volunteer Contact: Cassandra Adams or Charmayne Fillmore at 205-726-4342 or ccmc@samford.edu.

Birmingham Municipal Homeless Court Kick-off, Tuesday, Oct. 22. Volunteer Contact: Lisa Borden - lborden@bakerdonelson.com.

Free Senior Citizen Wills Clinic, Thursday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hoover Senior Citizen Center, 400 Municipal Drive, Hoover. Volunteer Contact: Cassandra Adams or Charmayne Fillmore, 205-726-4342 or ccmc@samford.edu.

Free Wills for Heroes Clinic, Friday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Bessemer Police and Fire Departments, 23 15th Street No., Bessemer. Volunteer Contact: Ben Cohn - weeattorneys3@bham.rr.com.