Nebraska Law Students Give Back at Recent Legal Events

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University of Nebraska College of Law

Two recent events provided an opportunity for University of Nebraska College of Law students to give back to the community.

Civil and Immigration Clinic students recently offered free legal services in the area of “Clean Slate” relief to veterans and individuals of limited means at the Project Connect Lincoln event at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The clinic was one of several legal service providers offering free legal services at the event. Under the supervision of professor Ryan Sullivan, and led by the Civil Clinic’s Clean Slate Project team of Alex Sycher and Noah Rasmussen, students assisted participants in cleaning up their past criminal history to improve their access to employment, housing and other opportunities.

Collectively, students served more than 100 participants in some capacity and reviewed and evaluated more than 200 criminal records. As part of the services provided, students evaluated participants’ eligibility for post-conviction relief, drafted all necessary documents, and filed petitions and motions on their behalf.

Participating students included Luke Hautzinger, Brianna Poppert, Shelby Rowan, Jake Schneider, Brittany Shultz, Nichole Sklare, Lauren Ziegenbein, Sycher and Rasmussen.

Ten Nebraska Law students also volunteered for “legal triage” at this year’s Project Connect Lincoln at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Project Connect is a one-stop shop for veterans and people of limited means to receive services such as free dental check-ups and haircuts, as well free legal services. Law student volunteers interviewed participants as they arrived at the event to identify whether they were in need of legal assistance, and if so, guided them to one of the several legal service providers offering free legal services at the event.

The legal triage program was collaborative effort between Legal Aid and the College of Law’s Pro Bono Committee. It was developed to provide law students a unique pro bono opportunity and provide participants assistance in identifying their legal issues and guiding them to the appropriate resource. More than 700 participants attended this year’s Project Connect event.

This year’s student volunteers were Melissa Araiza, Amanda Berman, Brianna Duda, Bobby Larsen, Dimon McFerson, Mauricio Murga Rios, Sarah O’Neill, Allison Seiler, Nichole Sklare and Amy Sonnenfeld.

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