Public Service Commendation Program
A student may earn a Public Service Commendation for each semester in which he or she performs thirty (30) or more documented hours of unpaid law related public service work as identified by the College of Law Public Service Coordinator.
This Commendation can be listed on resumes and will be posted on the law school web site much like the Dean’s List.
Work performed over the summer will be credited toward earning the Commendation in the subsequent Fall Semester.
The College of Law and PILA will help students find placements with public service agencies, organizations and lawyers engaged in pro bono work. We have a strong partnership with The Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO) and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). In addition, you are welcome to secure a placement with an agency of your choice so long as you will be directly supervised by a licensed attorney.
The Public Service Coordinator for the program is Kelly Tomlinson of the Office of Professional Development. Working with community stakeholders and PILA officers, she coordinates placements and arranges for supervising attorneys to certify qualifying hours for participating students. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-530-4996 for further information and to get involved in the program.