College of Law recognized as Pro Bono Leader

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College of Law recognized as Pro Bono Leader

Nebraska Law
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Kevin Ruser, director of clinical programs at the University of Nebraska College of Law, is one of several faculty members and students who helped the college earn a 2019 Pro Bono Leader designation by the American Bar Association.

The University of Nebraska College of Law has been recognized as a 2019 Pro Bono Leader for its dedication to pro bono work.

This marks the second time Nebraska Law has received the recognition. It also received the title of 2018 Pro Bono Leader last year.

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service presents the annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms and law departments that have provided extraordinary pro bono services through the ABA Free Legal Answers program. The 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 Richard Moberly, returning dean of the college of law. “I am extremely proud that so many at the College of Law have chosen to humbly serve our state with integrity.”

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, Sullivan also supervised law students participating in the program.