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Spring Break Doesn’t Always Equal the Beach

Spring Break for some people might mean Cancun and days in the sun spent doing – absolutely nothing.

And then there are people like the group of University of Memphis law students who will be spending their spring break this week helping provide free legal service to elderly and low-income people in Memphis.

The Public Action Law Society and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are sponsoring something they’re calling an “alternative spring break.”

Seventeen students from nine other universities including Vanderbilt, Florida State, University of Pittsburgh, and Chase College of Law will participate.

Working with licensed attorneys, the students will offer help with divorces that are done without a lawyer, non-profit advocacy, wills and living wills for the elderly. Students will work with non-profit groups Court-Appointed Special Advocates, the RISE Foundation and Literacy Mid-South.

The students will spend 35 hours working and attending workshops and seminars related to their work.

Last year, the university sent 15 students to the University of Miami to get temporary protected status for Haitians affected by the hurricane there. This year, the students will offer the same outpouring of help, with the only difference being it will be done right here at home.

For more information, go here.

It’s the kind of news something like Facebook’s “like” button was definitely invented for, I’d say.

Dansette

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