14 Feb 2020
The University of Nebraska College of Law was recognized as a 2019 Pro Bono Leader for its dedication to pro bono work and participation in the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers program. This marks the second time Nebraska Law has received this recognition; the College was also recognized as a 2018 Pro Bono Leader.
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service presents annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms, and law departments that have provided extraordinary pro bono services through the ABA Free Legal Answers program. This program aims to ensure that individuals with low incomes receive the legal help they need.
As part of this virtual advice clinic, users post their civil legal questions to their state’s website. Attorney volunteers who are authorized to provide pro bono assistance select questions to answer and provide legal information and advice.
The Pro Bono Leader distinction recognizes organizations that have collectively answered 75 or more questions during the calendar year.
The Nebraska College of Law answered 122 total questions last year. Professors Kristen Blankley, Kevin Ruser and Ryan Sullivan each participated in this initiative, as did a number of Nebraska Law students.
“Our students and faculty have demonstrated a dedication to our community through their participation in this program,” said Dean Richard Moberly. “I am extremely proud that so many at the College of Law have chosen to humbly serve our state with integrity.”
Professor Ryan Sullivan also received individual recognition as a Pro Bono Leader, by answering over 50 questions last year. In addition to dedicating his own time to answering questions, Professor Sullivan also supervised law students participating in this program.