Helping Students Serve the Public Interest

When Lorraine Chaudhry-Campbell (3L) was heading off to her summer job, she hoped to learn something of consequence. It turned out to be of global consequence.

As a fellow at the Carter Center in Atlanta last summer, Chaudhry Campbell researched and wrote about weighty issues such as international human rights and the International Criminal Court, a judicial institution established to promote the rule of law.

This opportunity came about thanks to the Public Service Partners Program, a joint service of the student-run UF Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) and the Center for Career Services. Law, professors and students donate funds so students can have the option to take unpaid summer positions with 501c3 organizations.

It is a beneficial relationship for everyone involved — the public minded students, the nonprofit organizations and constituencies they serve.

Besides analyzing how to improve the Carter Center’s next international human rights conference, Chaudhry-Campbell drafted a document about the International Criminal Court’s applicability to mediation work at the Carter Center. She even had lunch with President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn.

To increase funding for this program so more students can participate, APIL began a “Donate a Day” campaign to encourage classmates with secured summer employment to donate one day’s pay.

“Thanks to generous donations and the partnership between APIL and our office, last year we were able to raise more than $8,000 to assist students like Lorraine Chaudhry-Campbell and Nick Dennany,” said Jessie Howell Wallace (JD 01), director of Career Services. Dennany (3L) volunteered with Florida Institutional Legal Services in Gainesville.

Law firm donors to the 2004 Public Service Partners Program were Hill, Ward & Henderson; Holland & Knight; Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns; Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Approximately nine students donated as well as several individual UF law professors. For more information about the Public Service Partners Program, contact the Center for Career Services at 352-392-0499.