Alternative Spring Break: A week of giving back

Last week, about 35 law students took part in Alternative Spring Break activities organized by UB’s Law Career Development Office (LCDO).

In addition to serving dinner to veterans at Baltimore Station (see March 19 blog post), UB School of Law students and staff took part in a range of activities throughout the week:

• On Sunday, March 15, 10 UB law students participated in an informational fair on the Eastern Shore organized by the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC). UB’s Immigration Law Association and Latino Law Students Association helped to plan the event and to recruit volunteers, reports Professor Elizabeth Keyes, director of UB’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. Keyes said approximately 150 immigrants were served at the fair, where students worked alongside lawyers from Maryland and Washington, D.C., firms and nonprofits to screen immigrants for visa and benefits eligibility. Law students from the University of Maryland and George Washington University also took part, Keyes said.

• The next day, four UB law students began work on postconviction case reviews under the supervision of lawyers with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. Assistant Dean Jill Green, who heads the LCDO, organized the postconviction review opportunity.

• On Tuesday, 20 students took part in a resume review and interview preparation session at Safe & Sound, which helps people recently released from prison to reenter the workforce. The event was sponsored by The University of Baltimore Law Review.

• On Wednesday, a total of 23 student and staff members volunteered at Baltimore Station, Paul’s Place and the Maryland Food Bank.

Special thanks to the LCDO’s Emily Rogers for organizing the events!

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