The Public Service Advisory Board, known as PSAB, is a strong, active student group focused on creating opportunities to do public service within the law school and the larger St. Louis community. All PSAB members belong to one of four committees, each with its own mission.
Careers Committee. The mission of the Careers Committee is two-fold. First, we serve as a bridge between the Center for Career Development (CCD) and students interested in public interest work. This includes bringing students’ attention to CCD public interest programming, and informing students about public interest jobs and internships. Second, we partner with local attorneys and organizations to inform students of opportunities in public interest law. We pursue our mission through networking events, brown bag talks, panels about public interest job fairs and fellowships, and by developing and discussing best practices for securing public interest employment.
Public Service Committee. The Public Service Committee organizes service projects to foster student involvement with the community and encourage greater understanding of the social issues facing St. Louis. Some past service projects have included handing out water at a veterans day 5k, helping a local domestic violence shelter clean and prepare their new facilities, tutoring elementary school children, and collecting cans, clothing, and hygiene products for local non-profits.
Fundraising and Outreach Committee. The Fundraising Committee focuses on planning and executing fundraising events to raise money for the 2L Public Interest Stipend, which allows rising 3L students to pursue public interest summer positions that would otherwise be unpaid. The committee largely does this by organizing events and fundraisers for students to both enjoy and participate in. Examples of past fundraisers include our used textbook sales, restaurant nights at local businesses, and selling Halloween Grams and Valentine Grams to celebrate those holidays.
Pro Bono Committee. Pro Bono work is an important part of a lawyer’s career, and the Pro Bono Committee is dedicated to helping students develop this practice during law school. Members of the Pro Bono Committee are responsible for facilitating legal pro bono opportunities for students. The committee administers the Pro Bono Pledge Program by developing and organizing law-related service opportunities, encouraging participation by their fellow students, monitoring ongoing projects, and recording completed service hours. For more information on the pro bono pledge, click here.
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