1Ls! Stop by to learn more about the Columbia Bail Fund pro bono project and meet the Elena Weissmann, Director of the Bronx Freedom Fund.
The Columbia Bail Fund Project is the newest pro bono project at the law school, and we’re extremely excited to get 1L students on board. Designed in partnership with the Bronx Freedom Fund, participants will be working on the front lines of bail reform in New York City and making a real impact in the lives of low-income clients.
The price of bail is often insurmountable for indigent clients who exercise the right to fight their case, forcing vulnerable parties to endure weeks, months, or even years of imprisonment waiting for their day in court. Charitable bail organizations like the Bronx Freedom Fund recognize that no client should be punished for their poverty or bullied into a guilty plea for crimes they did not commit. By paying bail for those who cannot afford it, the Freedom Fund helps minimize the collateral consequences of criminal prosecutions and brings clients back to their communities.
Students participating in the Columbia Bail Fund Project will train to become licensed bail bond agents in New York state, working closely with the Bronx Freedom Fund and building knowledge of the criminal justice and bail systems inside and out.
We are looking for 1L students interested in joining the project for the next two years of law school. Come by to learn more about the process and how you can get involved!
Non-pizza lunch will be provided. Cosponsored by SJI.