“During the fall of my 1L year, Judge Zainey asked us, ‘Who came to law school to change the world?’ My hand shot up.  Judge Zainey subtly tempered my idealism by reminding us that no one person is able to change the world, but each of us is able to change some lives—and imagine that ripple effect!  Judge Zainey emphasized that as future lawyers, we are in a rarified position. Through law school, and especially through PILS, we are gifted with the opportunity to learn how to use the law to give voice to those who have long been unheard and ignored.

Since beginning law school, I have been an active member in PILS and have taken advantage of many of the pro bono opportunities offered by the organization. During my 1L year, I became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. The following summer, I was granted a PILS fellowship to work with the Child Advocacy Program and this past summer the PILS fellowship allowed me to work with the Iris Domestic Violence Center.

I have also used my position as a PILS pro bono chair to bring the Stand Down for Homeless Veterans to Baton Rouge. The Stand Down is an event that offers veterans who are homeless a wide array of services, including but not limited to: free meals, showers, haircuts, legal assistance, medical exams, and assistance with housing, employment, and benefits.

While law school is undeniably challenging, PILS is a constant source of encouragement—a true family for law students. PILS reminds each of its volunteers, ‘You can do this! You can use this degree to become a true advocate! Hang in there, you’re so close!'”

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