Public Interest & Pro Bono

The Public Interest and Pro Bono Program is directed by Alan Morrison, the Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law.  It is divided into four main areas:

  • The Career Center has a Public Interest Counselor, Tamara Devieux-Adams, who actively promotes public interest job opportunities for students, including the Equal Justice Works Career Fair, held each fall in Washington, DC; the George Washington - Georgetown Public Sector Recruiting Program; financial assistance; and addition job search resources, including online databases.
  • The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics are under the direction of Phyllis Goldfarb, the Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. The Clinics focus on various types of legal practice, services, and policy:  family law; immigration law; health law; international human rights; federal criminal appeals; domestic violence; public justice advocacy; neighborhood law & policy; and small business & community economic development.  The 2011-2012 year marked the 40th Anniversary of the Burns Legal Clinics. 
  • The Field Placement Program is under the direction of Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean for the Field Placement Program. It is one of the nation's largest law school externship programs, and is offered year-round.
  • The Pro Bono Program is under the direction of David Johnson, Assistant Dean for Pro Bono & Advocacy Programs. Students volunteer to work for non-profit or government organizations, on projects that are organized by student groups on their own, or on projects for non-profit organizations doing legal work.
  • 2015 Public Interest/Public Service Law Annual Report