The Public Action Law Society (PALS) at the University of Memphis is a student-led
organization that seeks to promote volunteerism, community service, and a pattern
of activities that will instill in participants a desire to continue in pro bono work
after becoming attorneys.
PRO BONO Service Project
PALS is in the process of developing a student-run and student-led pro bono service
project that will allow students to participate in public interest cases under the
direct supervision of attorneys in the community.
The vision for this project is that students will be able to volunteer in a way that
is conducive to their schedule, while getting practical legal experience.
Coordination of Volunteers
PALS coordinates volunteers for a number of different organizations. Volunteers are
connected to community service organizations that match the students’ interests and
Organizations Providing Opportunities
Dean’s Pro Bono Service Awards
In order to recognize the work of law students in community service organization,
PALS created the Dean’s Pro Bono Service Awards. The Awards are earned by students who have contributed more than
30 hours to a community service organization in a year.
Rodney K. Smith Award
The RODNEY K. SMITH award is the highlight of these service awards and is awarded
to the law student who has donated the most time in the past year.
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Chris Zawisza