Journal of Undergraduate Research


professional responsibility, professional development, crowdsourcing, legal assistance


J. Reuben Clark Law School


The MEG funds that I received supported student participation in pro bono legal assistance fieldwork at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, as well as student participation in an academic conference to present and discuss our research. The funds also supported teaching assistants who returned to Dilley after an initial experience to mentor their fellow students who were volunteering for the first time. The South Texas Family Residential Center is an immigration detention center with bed capacity for up to 2400 asylum-seeking women and their children. Under my supervision and that of my colleague Associate Dean Carolina Núñez, a total of nearly 50 law students law students provided front-line legal triage to vulnerable families over the course of five separate trips in February 2017, August 2017, October 2017, February 2018, and October 2018. The students volunteered primarily during their week-long placement breaks, sacrificing time that they might otherwise have used for job searchs.

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