Three students from Widener Law’s Harrisburg Campus will be among those honored at a special reception hosted by Judge Richard A. Lewis on Wednesday, February 20th. Chelsea Carter, Clarissa Freeman, and Matthew Krupp, will have their names inscribed on the Pro Bono Honor Roll along with other participants in the 2007 Pro Bono Program.
The Dauphin County Bar Association Pro Bono Program provides legal assistance to segments of the population that cannot afford legal counsel. Attorneys, paralegals, and law students volunteer their own time and money to the program. Of her involvement, 3rd year student Clarissa Freeman says, “I give out legal information to indigent or underprivileged people and answer any legal questions that they may have. It really is a good service because these people wouldn’t know where to go for information.”
In addition to providing legal assistance to disadvantaged people in Dauphin County, the Pro Bono Program also oversees the Guardianship Monitoring Program that assists the Orphan’s Court and offers financial support to MidPenn Legal Services, a non-profit, public-interest law firm that covers most of Central Pennsylvania. Says Clarissa, “I just get a joy out of helping people, and its something that I’m going to keep doing even after I’m an attorney.”