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Public Interest & Pro Bono Events

Training and Events

Each year, the Toll Public Interest Center hosts a variety of public interest and pro bono panels, symposia, retreats, and workshops that are intended to increase our students’ understanding of and excitement about service.

Public Interest Retreat 

Each fall, TPIC hosts a retreat for all public interest-minded JD and LLM students. The retreat provides students with an opportunity to get away from campus, to meet people with similar interests, and to refocus on the reasons they came to law school. 

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Public Interest Week

Started in 2008, Public Interest Week brings together the Law School community, as well as members of the broader local, national, and international service-minded community, for a week full of programs centered on a timely theme. Throughout the week there are both student and Law School panel discussions along with evening presentations with leading attorneys, academics, activists, and community members working to advance their causes at the highest levels.

Learn about PI Week

Sparer Symposium 

Since 1984, the Edward V. Sparer Symposium has been one of the Law School’s cornerstone events. By focusing on urgent social justice issues of our time, the Sparer Symposium commemorates the life and work of the late Edward V. Sparer, Professor of Law and Social Policy. The Symposium brings together academics, practitioners, community members, activists, and organizers to provide insight into the dynamic relationship between scholarship and practice in the area of poverty law.

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Public Interest Ceremony

Public Service Recognition Ceremony

The event is an opportunity for the law school community to come together with its public- interest-minded stakeholders to share moving success stories, and to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of our student-advocates.

Learn more about Pro Bono Recognition