Public Service Program
Celebrate MLK Day by Attending an Event and/or Giving Back to our Community
Event 1: Urban League Community Breakfast
The Tulsa Urban League will be hosting a community breakfast at its center beginning at 8:30 am until the parade starts. Center is located at 240 East Apache—intersection of Apache and Cincinnati. To volunteer, contact Marquetta Finley at email@example.com or 584-0001.
Event 2: Volunteer at Catholic Charities
Join the incoming law students as they volunteer at Catholic Charities from 8:30-11:30 am, located at 2450 N. Harvard (Near Harvard and Apache). Help with donations and re-stocking!
Event 3: MLK Day Parade
The Annual MLK Parade will begin at 11 am in downtown Tulsa at OSU Tulsa/Greenwood. Volunteers are needed! Volunteer online at http://www.mlktulsa.org/participant/. If you are interested in marching in the parade, contact Laura Allen at the Office of Multicultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event 4: Volunteer at the Humane Society
Melt away your law school stress by giving love to an animal in need. Sign up on Symplicity to volunteer at the Adoption Center from 3-4:30 pm. Center is located at 6232 E. 60th Street.
Event 5: Speaker and Vigil
Attend TU’s speaker and vigil commemorating MLK Day beginning at 7 pm in Sharp Chapel.
Pictured above are TU Law students who volunteered with Lawyers Against Hunger to distribute turkeys and food boxes to 500 families at Iron Gate Ministries in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Our Public Service Program gives Tulsa Law students the opportunity to assist the underserved and the underrepresented within our community. In a typical semester, students log approximately 3,000 hours (equivalent to more than 11 weeks of full-time work) in public interest service, assisting organizations such as:
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Tulsa Lawyers for Children
Tulsa Area United Way
Domestic Violence Intervention Services
Adult Day Services
Mental Health Association
Animal Aid and Animal Shelters
Homeless Shelters and Food Banks
Local Elementary Schools
Not only do our student participate in a Public Service Day during Orientation, we also hold a school-wide Martin Luther King Service Day each January. Additionally, students who volunteer at local non-profit organizations during the summer are eligible to receive our Public Interest Law Stipends to assist them financially during their public service endeavors.
We believe in instilling a life long commitment to public service, assisting clients with unmet legal needs under the supervision of lawyers committed to public service work or helping other members in the community, and enabling public service organizations to increase their case load and individual lawyers to accept more public service cases.
Students volunteering at Little Light House for the Foundation of Legal Studies Public Service Day
The University of Tulsa College of Law Public Service Program cannot provide direct legal advice or legal services to members of the general public. Law student volunteers must be supervised by a law school faculty member or licensed attorney. For further assistance in obtaining an attorney, please contact any of the following agencies:
- The Oklahoma State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service by visiting www.okbar.org, then click on “Find a Lawyer;” or The Tulsa County
- Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at www.tulsabar.com, then click on “Lawyer Referral Service;”
Legal Aid Services
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is a not-for-profit law firm which provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income individuals and their families and to elderly persons in the areas of family, consumer, housing, health and employment. Legal aid attorneys and staff work through a network of fully-staffed law offices and satellite offices, serving eligible clients in all 77 counties of Oklahoma.
The number to call to apply for services is (888) 534-5243. Callers need to leave a brief message about their legal issue as well as their name and phone number. Most callers will receive a call back within one day to determine eligibility for services and all callers will be called back within three days.
If you are an attorney or a non-profit organization interested in receiving assistance from a law student volunteer, please contact the Professional Development Office at the University of Tulsa College of Law.