On January 11, 2011, 85 law students from the Class of 2013 attended the voluntary annual Pro Bono Initiative Kick Off Orientation. Jonny Benson from the Law Offices of Jonny Benson PLLC (Class of 2005) spoke about the importance of volunteering and pro bono while in law school. Mr. Benson said he was able to gain the hands-on experience he was seeking as a law student through his participation with PBI. While in law school, Jonny volunteered at the Street Law Clinic (formerly known as Guadalupe) and received a job offer with a participating firm due to his participation in the Street Law clinic, as well as his interaction with a volunteer supervising attorney who was able to work directly with Jonny during the project.
Following Jonny’s remarks, a panel consisting of Mark Jarvis, 3L (Family Law Clinic), Alison Satterlee, 2L (Rainbow Law), Lucy Juarez, 3L (Street Law), Mason Kjar, 2L (VITA), and Abby Dizon-Maughan, 2L (Hartland), each spoke about their pro bono projects and took questions from the students in attendance. The S.J. Quinney College of Law allows 1L’s to participate with PBI after they have finished their first semester of law school. The 85 students in attendance were excited to hear from Mr. Benson and the panelists, and the event, overall, was a success.