Don't Let This Race By!
Sunday March 29, 2015 at 10:00 am
Assumption Park (see map), Windsor River Walk, Windsor Ontario.
5k Run or Walk
The 5k course will begin at Assumption Park at the base of the Ambassador Bridge and continue along the beautiful Windsor Riverwalk. Both runners and walkers are welcome. The registration fee includes a t-shirt and a post-race celebration at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. The race is open to the law school community and the public.
Registration will be $30 in advance , and $40 on race day. Register at www.active.com. On race day, participants are asked to check in at the registation table.
About the race for justice
The Race is organized by the School's Voice for Justice Committee in conjunction with the Student Bar Association. Proceeds benefit the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program which provides stipends to UDM Law students to serve during the summer months in areas of public service.
UDM Law strives to teach students to be both skilled practitioners and compassionate professions. The fellowships funded the the Public Interest Fellowship Program expand the School's longstanding tradition of service to the community and provides students the opportunity to learn while making a difference. Fellowships allow students to work in the public interest sector, enabling them to fulfill their call to serve and work toward the public good. Students selected to receive the fellowships spend approximately eight weeks as summer interns at nonprofit organizations, serving or advocating for the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized, or underrepresented of society.
Since 2003, the UDM Law Public Interest Fellowship Program has funded approximately 100 students to service primarily in Detroit but also in locations throughout the United States and across the globe. Recipients have done interships with various nonprofit entities including:
- Salvation Army
- American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
- Innocence Project of Florida
- Cook County Public Defender's Office
- Michigan Department of Civil Rights
- Association of Defence Counsel - International Criminal Tribunal, The Hague
- Freedom House
- Association Jeunes pour Jeunes Social Center, Khemisset, Morocco
- Chaldean Federation of America
- Multicultural Council of Windsor
- Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services
- African Women's Lawyers' Association, Accra, Ghana
- State Appellate Defenders Office
- Archdiocese of Detroit
- United Community Housing Coalition
In order to provide a great experience for our participants, we welcome in-kind donations. Sponsoring the race provides many benefits, including:
- The chance to market your organization to attorneys, judges, firms, law students and those in the legal community.
- The chance to make a meaningful contribution to support our Fellowship Program which gives students the opportunity to serve and advocate for the poor, disadvantaged and underrepresented of society.
Hear from Past Fellows
I carried out my fellowship in the legal office at Freedom House, a temporary home for survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the U.S. My experience was invaluable. Not only was I able to develop and hone my legal abilities but I learned how to interact with clients in a professional yet compassionate manner, a skill that will certainly benefit me throughout my career. Aside from the personal gains from my fellowship, I knew that every day I was making a difference in people's lives and giving them hope for the future. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you are able to give someone back their dignity and give them hope for a life without fear.
As a Voice for Justice Fellow I had a rather unusual work experience. I spent my summer working for Lake Ontario Waterkeepers (LOW), a registered charity based out of Toronto, Ontario. My work involved researching various issues affecting the great lakes water system and the regulatory environment. The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to work on a number of projects for LOW. I learned much about the issues affecting charities and helped LOW pursue it's mandate of preserving and protecting a drinkable, swimmable, and fishable water system. Part of my work involved independent investigation of areas with polluted water and the creation of reports for LOW. This was work that a small charity like LOW would otherwise have difficulty funding. I am incredibly thankful that the Voice for Justice Fellowship gave me an opportunity to work in a atypical legal environment dedicated to working for the public good.
Thanks to the Voice for Justice fellowship, during the summer of 2013 I interned at the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit. The experience I gained at a not-for profit law office with a long history of social justice work was invaluable to my development as a law student and future lawyer. I was able to enhance my legal research and writing skills by working on cases and projects critical to Detroit's progress at the time, such as the lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Michigan's emergency manager law. I gained insight into the history of labor law and the National Lawyers' Guild, conducted outreach with public interest organizations, and had my first exposure to client intake. I attended the Detroit City Council hearings concerning the pet-coke piles on the Detroit riverfront, and I witnessed Sugar Law's successful oral argument on behalf of unionized workers in Adrian, MI. The attorneys, staff and other interns at Sugar Law were inspiring in their dedication to the betterment of Detroit and access to justice, and I gained a strong connection to the city's legal community. I am grateful to the Voice for Justice fellowship for being instrumental in my realization of the capacity for change that my fellow law students and I are capable of.
Thank you for your support!