Alternative Spring Break

This year the Howard University Alternative Spring Break (HUASB) program is celebrating 25 years of continued service. HUASB has been committed to serving communities in need and involving students in meaningful service projects in order to develop the next generation of servant leaders. Howard University School of Law (HUSL) is proud to participate in the University’s Alternative Spring Break program by focusing on service learning and social justice projects.  Our ASB program is open to all HUSL students and the projects are listed below. Contact Kelli Neptune, Director of Externships and Public Interest Programming at 202-806-0533 or kneptune@law.howard.edu with any questions. #WeServeEverywhere #BisonServe

 

Place: Cali, Colombia **NEW**
Project
:   Only 4-5 students will be selected for this ASB trip.  HUSL students will participate in a joint service-learning trip to Cali, Colombia with students from the School of Business, the School of Education and the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.  Students will learn about the history, culture and people of Colombia, visit Universidad Santiago De Cali, participate in service projects and travel throughout the country.
Costs: Approximately $1,000 (which covers flight, lodging and some activities) with the balance of the costs funded by the law school.
Contact
: Prof. Kelli Neptune, kneptune@law.howard.edu
To Apply: Submit a resume and a personal statement. In the personal statement, detail why you are applying, describe the experiences and skills you will bring to the trip, describe your interest and commitment to public service/interest, and explain what you hope to gain from the ASB service trip. Submit all materials via online application here no later than 12:00pm (noon), Wednesday, February 5 2020.

Place: New Orleans, Louisiana
Project: Students who volunteer in New Orleans will be clerking at the Orleans Public Defenders.  The office represents clients accused of felony, misdemeanor, juvenile and municipal/traffic offenses.  Students will assist attorneys in various aspects of criminal litigation including performing legal research and writing, visiting clients, transcribing, listening to jail calls and performing other duties as needed.  Law clerks will participate in a brief orientation and then paired with an attorney for the week. 
Costs: Flight and lodging covered, students are responsible for meals and activities.
Contact: Prof. Kelli Neptune, kneptune@law.howard.edu
To Apply: Submit a resume and a personal statement. In the personal statement, detail why you are applying, describe the experiences and skills you will bring to the trip, describe your interest and commitment to public service/interest, and explain what you hope to gain from the ASB service trip. Submit all materials via online application here no later than 12:00pm (noon) Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Place: Tijuana, Mexico; San Diego, CA; Waco, TX
Applications are Closed
Project
: This trip is a project is sponsored with HUSL’s Education Rights Center where students will be working with the Education Rights Center Asylum Project works at the Mexico border and in detention centers in the U.S. during Spring Break educating asylum seekers and their children about laws affecting their asylum opportunities.  Our mission is to help and bring light and education to those in desperate need.  Most, if not all, of the people that we work with have endured or are enduring trauma. 
Costs: TBD
Contact: Prof. e. christi cunningham, ccuningham@law.howard.edu

Place: New York, New York
Project: Students who volunteer in New York will be clerking at the Legal Aid Society which is the largest social justice law firm in New York City.  This organization’s practice areas include criminal defense, civil and juvenile work. Students will assist attorneys in various aspects of litigation including performing legal research, drafting motions, pleadings and memoranda of law, attending court and administrative hearings, conducting client interviews, factual investigations and performing other duties as needed.
Costs:  Travel may be included; student is responsible for lodging, meals and activities.
Contact: Prof. Kelli Neptune, kneptune@law.howard.edu
To Apply:  Application materials can be found here under the Howard University Spring Break Pro Bono Intern—March 2020 link: https://www.legalaidnyc.org/internships/.  Students must first submit the applications to Prof. Kelli Neptune (kneptune@howard.edu) and Bernice Ines (bernice.ines@law.howard.edu) and selected applications will be forwarded to the Legal Aid Society. Submit all materials no later than 12:00pm (noon), Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

 

Applications to the Cali, Colombia and New Orleans - Orleans Public Defenders Office service projects can be found here.

+All placements are tentative pending final approval.
++All hours earned during ASB will count toward the Pro Bono Pledge.