TU Boesche Legal Clinic to Receive Award from Oklahoma Bar Assn. For Pro Bono Legal Services

Friday, October 18, 2002

Published on 10/18/02

The University of Tulsa College of Law’s Boesche Legal Clinic has been named the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s award for Pro Bono Legal Services for 2002. Since its inception in 1993, the clinic has provided legal services to over 4,000 indigent, elderly or mentally ill clients in the Tulsa area.

“Here, students are introduced to clients without resources,” said Leslie Mansfield, clinic director. “Without the legal representation provided by these students, many of these individuals would not have access to justice.”

The clinic serves “some of the most vulnerable members of our society,” Mansfield said. “Our students get the opportunity to learn through service to the community. We teach them the importance of their professional duty to provide pro bono legal service – and we hope this will develop into the habit of a lifetime,” she added.

TU Dean Martin H. Belsky, who started his academic career as a clinic teacher, stressed the value of the clinic to the reputation of the College of Law and the legal profession. “The law school cares enough about the community to provide not just day-to-day public service, but also role models for service by all present and future lawyers.

Earlier this year, the new 3,850-square-feet Boesche Legal Clinic building was dedicated at 407 S. Florence Avenue, across from the law school on the TU campus.