Mike Winn joined Stanford Law School in 2016 as the Director of Pro Bono and Externship Programs and a Lecturer in Law. He is responsible for the development, expansion, and oversight of the law school’s Pro Bono Program. The Pro Bono Program is a voluntary program that encourages students to engage in at least 50 hours of law-related pro bono service during their time at the law school. Mike engages with non-profit organizations and government agencies to create volunteer projects that are educational, supported, and well-supervised. He also manages the law school’s Externship Program, which requires coordination with external organizations, oversight of student experiential learning off-site, and teaching a required companion course for second- and third-year students every quarter.
Previously, Mike spent five years as the Directing Attorney for OneJustice’s Pro Bono Justice program. He was responsible for developing and stewarding OneJustice’s innovative pro bono programs, including the groundbreaking Justice Bus Project. In his work, Mike also advised nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools, and in-house counsel on how to improve current pro bono partnerships and create effective new pro bono programs. Before joining OneJustice, Mike served as interim executive director at Start Small Think Big, a nonprofit providing financial development services and civil legal assistance to low-income communities in the South Bronx, and spent nearly four years as a litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York. Mike graduated with honors from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he served as Executive Articles Editor for the George Washington International Law Review. Before law school, Mike received an M.A. in Central & Eastern European Studies with highest honors from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History from Union College in New York. Mike is a member of the State Bar of California and holds a certificate in nonprofit management from his participation in OneJustice’s Executive Fellowship program.