The Public Interest Executive Committee (PIEC) of the Student Bar Association is a new umbrella for public interest-oriented student groups at the law school. Realizing our common cause, last summer, representatives from each organization began to meet bi-monthly to pool ideas and resources. Our first meetings took place in the office of former CDO advisor Annie Goldman, who was a great inspiration, helping us to see the opportunities for tackling our public interest works together and planning ahead for the 2008-2009 school year.
The early planning and ongoing dialogue are paying off. Throughout the year, PIEC has engaged executive level officers from the Environmental Law Society, Human Rights Law Society, National Lawyers Guild, Public Interest Law Foundation, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Student Hurricane Network, as well as other groups who collaborate with us on particular projects. Together we have sponsored joint projects and assisted groups with their independent projects.
PIEC has become a forum for continuous dialogue to spur continuous improvement of the public interest law and pro bono programs at Tulane. In particular, PIEC members see a common goal in building ever greater student group synergy and providing the administration with a unified voice regarding our public interest curriculum, pro bono, and work opportunities. Members of the administration already attend our bi-monthly meetings; and as next year’s executive level student group officers are elected, we are inviting them to join us as well.
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