Members of the Temple Law School community donated their time on
behalf of the Wills for Heroes Foundation this past Friday. Wills
for Heroes is a national non-profit organization that offers free
estate planning services to first responders across 29 states.
Lisa Hurlbutt, Director of
Public Interest, said the day was an opportunity to give back to
those in the immediate Temple community. "We have a large number of
first responders right here at Temple University, from Temple
police to paramedics and nurses," said Hurlbutt. "It's exciting to
serve those who serve us right here in our community."
Dan McKenna, JD '04, President
of Wills for Heroes, said collaborating with Temple Law School was
especially rewarding. "Temple does such a great job of instilling
the value of giving back," said McKenna.
Students spent the first part of
the day being trained by licensed attorneys before spending the
afternoon working with first responders from the Temple University
campus and surrounding Philadelphia area. For students like Megan
Albright, volunteering was a way to make a meaningful impact in the
community while getting valuable experience in the area of estate
planning. "Regardless of what area of law I enter into after
graduation, estate planning is an important legal aspect of life,"
For other students, like Lauren
Stram, the day was an opportunity to honor the late Professor
Edward Ohlbaum, who passed away this past March and spent much of
his life giving back to the community. "As a member of the Temple
Law trial team, this seemed like such a great way to remember him
and serve first responders from the Philadelphia area," said
The Wills for Heroes Foundation
was created in direct response to the terrorist attacks of
in which many first responders perished without established wills
for their family. "We wanted to make sure that their families were
taken care of," said McKenna. "We can't protect our first
responders, but we can protect their families."
Friday's event was the latest
example of Temple Law's strong commitment to the public interest
community. Each academic year, Temple places more graduates in
public interest jobs than any other law school in Pennsylvania and
New Jersey, while approximately one-third of Temple's graduating
class performs enough pro bono work to quality for membership in
the Rubin Public Interest Honor Society.