Maine Law students honored for pro bono work
Dec. 3, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Three students at the University of Maine School of Law were honored this fall by the state’s Katahdin Law Student Recognition Program, for providing free legal assistance to Mainers who cannot afford an attorney.
Third-year students Kimberly Watson, Katherine Malia, and Michael O’Brien were recognized for completing more than 50 pro bono hours, providing legal services to the poor. The pro bono hours were above and beyond any other pro bono work the students performed for law school credit, or during internships.
The Katahdin Law Student Recognition Program is an offshoot of the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program, which is overseen by the state Supreme Judicial Court, and acknowledges Maine lawyers who complete more than 50 pro bono hours in a year. The purpose of the program is twofold: to establish a process for recognizing the pro bono work of Maine lawyers; and to encourage more lawyers to provide such services for low-income residents. The reporting year runs from July 1 to June 30.