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Student investigators will be following up on the work of last year’s pro bono trip to Tennessee by contributing to a civil rights lawsuit that resulted from that work, Rodriguez v. PCC. This lawsuit was filed in October 2015 against Providence Community Corrections (PCC), a predatory private probation company that extracts money from misdemeanor probationers through constant fines and illegal threats of incarceration.

Last year students met and interviewed a number of these probationers and helped gather accounts of PCC’s practices. This year students will expand on this work by seeking out and interviewing many more indigent PCC probationers and others with knowledge of the private probation system and misdemeanor courts in Rutherford County.  Students will gather stories and draft affidavits that will help the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit at summary judgment and other stages of the case.

Four students will be selected.


* This trip is tentative subject to a safety review of the region and project.*

Please contact Lee Mestre for more details on the developing project.

Four students will be selected.


The Mississippi Delta is the center of a wealth of amazing art and culture. This rich artistic history continues into the present, with a dynamic community of artists continuing to live and work in the Mississippi Delta. Despite this vibrant history, there are very few resources, specifically legal resources, to support these artists and this art community.

Students will be working with the newly established Crossroads Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). The CCAC is located in the center of Clarksdale with the goal to promote local artists and to use art as a tool for community connection and reconciliation.  CCAC also works with local artists to help them monetize their craft in sustainable ways in an effort to help build the local economy.

Over Spring Break, students will conduct research on the legal rights and obligations of local artists regarding their work.  Students will carry out in person meetings and interviews with CCAC board members, local artists, and other Mississippi arts organizations to assess their concerns, needs, and sophistication in order to create effective, informative materials for CCAC and the local Clarksdale arts community. Students will create legal guide materials for the CCAC to use with its various types of local artists, including writers, musicians, and visual artists.  Such work would include: assessing and explaining individual intellectual property rights, and outlining the legal and licensing obligations involved in selling artwork. At the end of the week, students will provide an in-person training session at the CCAC for local artists to attend.

Four students will be selected.


As a joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, ProBAR (South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project) recruits, trains and coordinates the pro bono activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants.

Over Spring Break, students at ProBAR will be working at the Adult Legal Orientation Program.  Students will engage in direct client representation, most likely working on an asylum or cancellation of removal case

Besides working on a case the students will also observe how the staff conducts know your rights presentations and workshops at the shelters and detention center.

Spanish is helpful but not required. Although the majority of the adult detained population is from Mexico and Central America, ProBAR also work with “third language speakers,” immigrants from Somalia, Nepal, and other countries. Most know some English. If they do not, interpreters are available.

Four students will be selected.