FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2012
CONTACT: Kent Love
MSU Law Students to Participate in Alternative Spring Break of Community Service
East Lansing, MI — A group of 25 Michigan State University College of Law students, faculty, and local volunteer tax attorneys will travel to New Orleans and Tuscaloosa, AL, for an Alternative Spring Break to provide tax preparation services to low-income taxpayers in areas affected by natural disasters.
The annual program, now in its fifth year of travel to New Orleans, was started to help alleviate some of the continued problems taxpayers encountered after Hurricane Katrina. The inaugural Tuscaloosa leg of the trip was coordinated in response to spring 2011 tornadoes that caused significant damage to the area. The program is led by Professor Michele Halloran, director of clinical programs at MSU Law and director of the Tax Clinic.
MSU Law students will join forces in Tuscaloosa with the University of Alabama School of Law to provide tax services to affected residents. The MSU Law students are certified under the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and trained by local tax professionals. Those headed to New Orleans will participate at two community sites.
Students selected to participate in the Alternative Spring Break program will hold a purse sale on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to help offset the costs of travel, lodging, and equipment. Lightly used, donated purses will be re-sold to students, faculty, and staff in the Law College lobby. The purses will be priced according to their perceived value and all proceeds will support the program.
Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.
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