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ABA Commends U of M Law Students for Haitian Pro Bono Work University News
For release: October 26, 2010

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The Public Action Law Society (PALS) of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis has been recognized by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for its Alternative Spring Break Project.

The ABA division commended the group for its initiative in responding to the call by the University of Miami (Florida) for legal assistance to Haitian immigrants in the Miami community following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010.

The Memphis PALS members spent five days helping Haitian nationals obtain the U.S. government’s Temporary Protected Status, allowing them to work and live in the United States for up to 18 months.

The ABA also commended PALS for raising $8,000, which covered 100% of the costs associated with the trip.

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