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Bankruptcy - Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project

The Pro Bono Bankruptcy Program is provides a pro bono legal opportunity primarily for first year students, although students from all three classes are eligible to participate.  Established in 2008, the program helps indigent individuals file for bankruptcy relief.  Student volunteers must attend a three hour evening training program, and will be assigned to teams managed by the students in the Bankruptcy Clinic.  Each clinic student and team will be assigned a real pro bono client.  The students interview the clients to obtain the detailed personal and financial information required by the Bankruptcy Code, prepare the client’s bankruptcy petition and schedules, appear with the client before the trustee at the Official Meeting of Creditors, and deal with any legal issues that arise during the bankruptcy case.  Professor Germain supervises the program and is counsel of record in the cases.  Last year the students completed 20 bankruptcy cases.  Interested students should attend the general pro bono informational meeting on Thursday, September 6  at 12:00 p.m. in Room 100.  After the informational meeting, students who wish to sign up for the program should fill out and submit to Student Life the Volunteer Interest Form, and should send an email to Professor Germain at glgermai@syr.edu.