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The Pledge

The Pledge for the Public Good is a student-led initiative that encourages faculty to make explicit connections between the law and the public good within the classroom, stoking the passions that many students bring to law school. Recognizing the law school’s strong emphasis on cultivating students’ professional identities and the university’s mission to be a great private university dedicated to the public good, we believe it is necessary to understand the moral implications of our future roles as legal advocates within all areas of the law, and especially within the framework of traditional 1L courses.

Specifically, The Pledge for the Public Good asks faculty to make these connections by agreeing to do one of the following:

1) A lecture dedicated to a topic related to the public good,
2) Making explicit case connections,
3) Hosting a guest speaker to discuss public interest law or pro bono in practice,

or implementing their own method to incorporate the pledge.

In its first year of implementation, the 2015-2016 school year, over sixty Professors signed on in support of the Pledge and have begun implementing it in their classrooms.

The Pledge is a result of a year-long collaborative effort led by the Chancellor’s Scholars with support from over twenty student organizations. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more, contact the Pledge for the Public Good team at pledge@law.du.edu. To learn more about the pledge, check out the article written by Professor Alexi Freeman and Katie Steefel at 22 Wash & Lee J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 49.

We look forward to the ways the Pledge can continue to grow at Denver Law.

The Pledge for the Public Good Team:

Faculty Advisor: Professor Alexi Freeman

Student Leaders:

Rachel Banks
Ashley Basta
Isabel Breit
Haley DiRenzo
Allison Dunlap
Mia Kontnik
Ashley Smith Roberts
Sarah Spears
Katie Steefel

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