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The NYLJ Speaks with Fordham Student about Alternative Spring Breaks

Submitted by on March 29 – 2013No Comment

Aminta Kilawan, a 3L at Fordham Law who helped lead a trip to the Dominican Republic over spring break, recently spoke with the New York Law Journal about the reason for the trip and others like it at Fordham Law School.

“It’s a means for us to practically apply what we learn in class in a way that’s meaningful,” Kilawan said. “A lot of people who went on our trip have a strong interest in international human rights law, and there aren’t a lot of chances to do that in New York City.”

The NYLJ explained that these trips often provide pro-bono services to those in need while helping students learn from experience and sometimes meet the new 50-hour public service requirement for the New York bar. The article highlighted other law school’s programs as well:

Columbia Law School’s spring break “pro bono caravans,” sent 85 students to 17 locations last week. Students in groups of about six each worked on migrant farmworker and detention issues in Florida; assisted American Indians on natural resource matters in Anchorage, Alaska; helped military personnel obtain enhanced veterans’ benefits in New Haven, Conn.; and visited a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan, to better understand the situations of future pro bono clients seeking asylum in the United States.

In addition to alternative breaks over seas, many students stayed in the New York area, or traveled to the city, to work on projects related to Sandy relief.

“Our students were doing Katrina work in New Orleans and Mississippi twice a year for the past several years, but this year we decided to redirect our efforts to Sandy,” said Thomas Maligno, Touro Law’s director of pro bono. “But because of that our students developed a lot of experience in disaster relief.”

Read the full article in the New York Law Journal

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