Public Service Events

Martin Luther King Day of Public Service


Event 1: Urban League Community Breakfast
Event 2: Volunteer at Catholic Charities
Event 3: MLK Day Parade
Event 4: Volunteer at the Humane Society
Event 5: Speaker and Vigil

Foundation for Legal Studies Public Service Day

August and January

As part of the Foundation for Legal Studies (FLS) week, first-year law students, serveral upper classmen, faculty and administration give back to the community during Public Service Day.


United Way Fund Raising

September - October

Internship for Non-Profits for Academic Credit

Students may earn academic credit for hours worked in non-profit legal public service organizations through Field Studies.

Kendall Court


Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity (PDP) annually hosts Kendall Court, a mock trial for the fifth grade students at Kendall Whittier Elementary School.  This philanthropic event exposes approximately 150 students to the legal system. TU College of Law students, dressed in costume, perform a criminal or civil trial based on a familiar nursery rhyme or fairy tale for Kendall Whittier students at John Rogers Hall.  Kendall Whittier students serve as jurors, actually deliberating and deciding the case’s verdict.

Additionally, the Mabee Legal Information Center librarians host the fifth graders for workshops, the College of Law provides lunch, and alumni present a motivational speech to encourage the importance of education and working to reach goals and dreams.

Public Interest Summer Stipends 

The Robert N. Yaffee Public Interest Law Endowment Fund supports the TU College of Law Public Interest Summer Stipend Program. Under this program, funds are awarded to law students who accept unpaid or minimally paid summer positions at public interest entities, non-profit organizations, or governmental agencies. The Yaffe fund allows students to gain valuable experience in the public interest sector where oftentimes positions are unfunded. Summer Stipend Recipient Testimonials


2012 Public Interest Summer Stipend Award Winners:


Edwina Christiansen - Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, Denver, CO

Margaret Cook - Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Tulsa, OK

Diane Hernandez - Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Rachael Hughes - Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC

Rachel Jones - US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Washington, DC

Erin Potter - Environmental Protection Agency Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Washington, DC

E. Nichole Saunders - Sierra Club, San Fransisco, CA

Brian Shepard - US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Washington, DC

Eric Weborg, Jr. - Department of Veteran Affairs Administration, Waco, TX