Pro Bono & Community Engagement

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Prof. Annie Smith

Prof. Annie Smith
(479) 575-3056

Service to the community is a core obligation of practicing attorneys and a value the University of Arkansas School of Law seeks to instill in its students. Through our pro bono program, the law school offers opportunities for service and recognizes students who engage in substantive service.

About the Program

Pro bono work

  • any legal work performed by students for which they receive no academic credit and no compensation

Students benefits

  • Insights into the law and legal practice
  • Relationships with lawyers, community organizations and other law students
  • Satisfaction from using the law to make a meaningful difference

Academic distinction

  • students who provide at least 50 hours of pro bono work and those with 100 hours or more will be eligible for notations of such service on their law school transcripts.

"The pro bono work I have done has helped me to grow as a person, as well as giving a real-world application to the material learned in class."

Katie Rose Martin, 3L, recipient of the Squire Patton Boggs Fellowship

Awards and Fellowships

Robert F. Fussell Pro Bono Award

Awarded to the student who gives the most hours to pro bono service, exemplifying Judge Fussell’s distinguished career in public service and dedication to pro bono work.

Created through a 2005 gift from friends and admirers of Fussell, known as the “Fuzz Fund,” and later further endowed by Fussell himself.

Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship

The foundation’s cornerstone was launched in 2004 and is awarded annually to exceptional 2Ls and 3Ls who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service and developed interest in public policy.

"As law students, even though it seems like we are constantly busy and there is no possible way to fit anything more into our schedule, pro bono work is still possible. Even one to two hours per week could make a difference in someone's life. If every student takes the time to give one hour a week to pro bono work, then we would really start to effectuate change in our community."

Celina Walker, class of ’18, two-time recipient of the Fussell Award