Catholic, Marianist Identity & Community Engagement
The Lawyer as Problem Solver Curriculum embodies the Marianist mission in that it seeks to educate for life and develop true agents of change. Our goal is to educate lawyers who will prevent and solve problems not only for their clients, but for their communities. Our Law Clinic provides free legal services to the poor and marginalized in both civil and criminal cases. Many students also opt to undertake their mandatory externships in offices serving those in need, such as the Public Defender’s Office.
Learning extends beyond the classroom. Law students have extended their hands to help with everything from building homes for the homeless to helping draft wills for firefighters and police officers to helping immigrants complete their tax forms. The Class of 2012 donated almost 12,000 hours to pro bono service.
Each summer, the Lisa A. Kloppenberg Public Interest Award provides support for law students working in unpaid public interest internships. Students have served dozens of different organizations, including Legal Aid, Advocates for Basic Legal Equity, Ohio Legal Rights Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, the NAACP and Dayton Catholic elementary schools. Their clients have included children, the elderly, the disabled and the poor. Read about the 2012 award recipients.
Dayton Law’s three scholarly symposia series attempt to engage students in issues with ethical or moral dimensions (along with legal matters). For example, the 2011 Gilvary Symposium on Law, Religion & Social Justice attracted noted scholars and child advocates from around the country to discuss issues relating to the representation of children and was used to recruit law students and others to serve as guardians ad litem.