Fordham Law

Hillary Exter Pens Chapter for National Public Service Publication

November 15, 2011

Hillary Exter, Director of Student Organizations and Publicity for Fordham Law's Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), has authored a chapter in the Guide to Public Service Experiential Learning Programs in Legal Education, a new resource that highlights the breadth of experiential learning opportunities in U.S. legal education.

Exter's chapter, "Student Participation in Extra- or Non-Legal Service Initiatives—a Perfect Supplement to Public Interest Legal Training," explores the reasons for law schools to offer community service opportunities—and support for related student initiated projects—that are not primarily legal in focus. 

“Law students at Fordham are involved in public service from the moment they enter law school," said Exter. "They are making a real difference as they develop a broad-based understanding of social justice issues and gain valuable skills. Fordham Law has played a leading role in supporting such student initiative, and our model is now being replicated at law schools throughout the country. The success of the Law School's approach was the impetus for the chapter."

"Hillary has contributed an important chapter to a groundbreaking new resource for American law schools," said Tom Schoenherr, Assistant Dean of PIRC. "We at the Law School are very proud that Hillary's contribution to this guide continues to keep Fordham Law's name at the forefront of the expansion of experiential learning at U.S. law schools."
The publication is presented by the Consortium for the Advancement of Public Service in Law Schools (CAPSILS) and the Public Service Section of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Founded in 2009, CAPSILS is a working group formed to foster dialogue among the national players in the law school pro bono and public interest arenas. Participating members include the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Center for Pro Bono, the American Association of Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, Equal Justice Works, and NALP's PSLawNet Public Service Career Center.