Public Service Advisory Board (PSAB)
PSAB is a student-led organization that allocates public service funds among student groups, facilitates educational events about public service careers, creates opportunities for public service within the law school and in the larger St. Louis community, and administers the Pro Bono Pledge. PSAB achieves these goals through three committees and two chair positions that work together to create a vibrant set of opportunities for law students to learn about and participate in public service.
Applications are now open to join PSAB! Please send your completed application and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming you onto the board!
Public Service Committee
The Public Service Committee organizes service projects to foster student involvement with the community and encourage greater understanding of the social issues facing St. Louis. Members of the public service committee work with other committee members to plan community service events as well as partner with the fundraising committee on fundraising efforts for fellow law students. One of the goals of the Public Service Committee is to form a lasting relationship between each incoming class with a service organization in St. Louis.
Pro Bono Committee
Pro Bono work is an important part of a lawyer’s career, and the Pro Bono Committee is dedicated to helping students develop this practice during law school. Members of the Pro Bono Committee, are responsible for collaborating with the community to facilitate pro bono opportunities. The committee administers the Pro Bono Pledge Program by developing and organizing law-related service opportunities, encouraging participation by their fellow students, monitoring ongoing projects, and recording completed service hours. Committee members build and maintain relationships with other organizations at the university, as well as attorneys, firms, and non-profit organizations in the St. Louis area. Additionally, the committee works with the rest of the Public Service Advisory Board to plan and execute an awards ceremony for those students that have completed the Pro Bono Pledge. For more information, click here.
The Education Committee coordinates faculty-student roundtables, school-wide brown bag lunches, and educational panels. The committee’s goals are to seek out public interest topics often left out of the law curriculum and not covered by other campus organizations. Through discussions between students and faculty, the team works to create opportunities for students to explore careers in the public interest sector. Topics discussed have included civil rights, bioethics, community development, and health care.
The Public Interest Fundraising Committee is the newest part of PSAB and focuses on planning and executing fundraising events for the law school community to raise money for the 2L Public Interest Stipend. The committee largely does this through organizing events and fundraisers for students to both enjoy and participate in. Some examples of past fundraisers PSAB has held include fundraisers at bar review nights and selling both Boo-Grams and Valentines Day Grams.