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Awards & Recognition

A full definition of the term "Awards & Recognition" as it is used in this Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono directory

Definition

Institutions award and recognize that which they consider important - in order to give due praise but also to show others what can be accomplished and, in some cases, what is expected. Accordingly, recognition of pro bono service performed by students and faculty makes a public statement about a law school's commitment to teaching the value of public service.

Many law schools give one or more awards -- sometimes a financial award -- for student pro bono service. These awards may be given at the time of graduation or annually at an awards ceremony or dinner. Some schools have special awards for outstanding faculty pro bono service.

At schools with voluntary pro bono programs, the coordinators may obtain student commitment through pro bono challenges, pledges, and honor programs. At a minimum, these methods help set expectations for the students, expectations that are often exceeded. In some cases, the recognition programs themselves help to define the pro bono program.

List of Responding Schools

Albany Law School: Albany Law School

We host an Annual Recognition Event for Students, Faculty Advisors, and Community Partners who do exemplary pro bono work. We also participate in Pro Bono Week/ Month with a series of concerted efforts on and off campus to expose students to the importance of pro bono work.

American University: Washington College of Law

The Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Awards Dinner. This annual event is held in honor of beloved former WCL Professor Peter M. Cicchino, who passed away in 2000. Professor Cicchino was a brilliant scholar and teacher, and a brave and creative public interest lawyer, who among many other accomplishments founded the Lesbian and Gay Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City.

The Cicchino Awards Dinner is the academy awards of student public interest and pro bono work. At the dinner, all students who completed the Pro Bono Honors Pledge are recognized. In addition, four students and alumni who have distinguished themselves with public service work are presented with special awards called the Cicchino awards and the Public Interest Entrepreneur Award. The named awardees receive an engraved plaque and cash award. The purpose of the dinner is to recognize public interest students and alumni at a sumptuous dinner before their peers, faculty and staff for a variety of awards and accomplishments. In addition to being recognized at the Awards dinner, students who complete the pledge are also recognized at graduation. See http://www.wcl.american.edu/publicinterest/cicchino_awards.cfm

Appalachian School of Law: Appalachian School of Law

The "Sam Weddington Little Red Wagon Award" is presented annually to a student who demonstrates a desire to accomplish the goals of a service project, performs duties with an energetic, positive, and heartfelt attitude, and provides feedback about ways to improve services. The award is named after the late Sam Weddington who graduated from ASL in 2004. Sam and other members of the musical group, "The Law Revue," won the "The Little Red Wagon Award" three consecutive years at ASL. The original wagon award is derived from a donation to the Law school of a handmade red wagon by an elderly, poverty-stricken gentleman. The gentleman heard about the Law School's community service program and asked that we distribute the wagon to a "deserving child" because he "heard we gave a lot back to the community." The gentleman exemplified the attributes that a volunteer needs: one who gives from the heart.

The Willard Owens Award for Excellence in Community Serviceis presented annually to all 3L students who have performed a minimum of 300 hours of community service. The "Willard Owens Award" is named after the late Mayor of Grundy who dedicated many years of his life to the service of others.

Each spring ASL holds an awards banquet. Awards have been presented to students who have especially distinguished themselves in the community service program.

Upon graduation, a notation is made on the student's transcript as to whether or not the student has completed the community service requirement.

Arizona State University: Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Students who graduate with 50 hours or more of pro bono service will graduate with pro bono distinction and will be recognized at graduation.

These are the three levels of recognition:

  • Pro Bono Distinction is given to students who report between 50 and 99 hours of pro bono service.
  • Pro Bono High Distinction is given to students who report between 100 and 149 hours of pro bono service.
  • Pro Bono Highest Distinction is given to students who report 150 or more hours of pro bono service.

Those students with the highest number of hours are also eligible for graduation service awards.

In addition, a few of the groups have their own awards event.

There is an annual Pro Bono Reception that recognizes the graduating students who gained one of the Pro Bono Distinctions, volunteers with the various groups, highest achievers in the first and second year students, peer awards for best group and best leaders, outstanding advisors, and Matheson Service Awards - the highest graduation honor for service to the school. Awards are hand-made trophies made by the students of a nearby homeless school - and presented by the student who made the award to each winner.

Arizona Summit Law School:

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Ave Maria: School of Law

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Barry University: School of Law

Pro Bono Award to graduate who overachieves and goes beyond the minimum hours required.

Baylor University: Baylor University Law School

Baylor Law won the 2010 Access to Justice Commission's Public Service Award. In addition, one of our students, Brittany Wray, won the Texas Access to Justice Commission's Law Student Pro Bono Award last year.

The Bill Kimble Service Award is given annually to two students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. This award is made possible by an annual gift from the Baylor Public Interest Legal Society and the Baylor Law Alumni Association in honor of Bill Kimble, a Baylor Law School graduate who has dedicated his life to providing legal services for the poor. The award is given to the two students who, by the annual Student Awards Ceremony, have accumulated the most hours in the Baylor Law School Pro Bono and Public Service Program.

Students are also recognized for their pro bono and community service work during the entirety of their law school career by achieving different levels in the Baylor Law School Pro Bono and Public Service Program:

Bronze Level - 75 hours

Silver Level - 150 hours

Gold Level - 200 hours

Platinum Level & designation as Public Interest Scholar - 225 hours plus at least 10 hours of coursework from designated public interest classes

Boston College: Boston College Law School

We believe that students who demonstrate a commitment to pro bono work should be recognized for their efforts. The following levels of recognition are provided for students who fulfill their pro bono pledges:

1) 50 hours of pro bono work accumulated at time of graduation
       Letter from Dean of BC Law School
2) 75 hours of pro bono work accumulated at time of graduation
       Letter from Dean of BC Law School
       Recognition for "Pro Bono Distinction" at awards ceremony during graduation weekend
3) 100 hours of pro bono work accumulated at time of graduation
       Letter from Dean of BC Law School
       Recognition for "Pro Bono Excellence" at awards ceremony during graduation weekend
       Special recognition at graduation

In addition, a reception will take place annually for 1L's completing 15 hours of pro bono work and 2L's and 3L's completing 50 hours of pro bono work for the previous year (September 1st to August 31st).

Boston University: Boston University School of Law

The J.D. student and LL.M. student who complete the most hours in their graduating class are recognized with an award. Additionally, those students who have completed the required number of pro bono hours are recognized with a notation on their law school transcript. A faculty member also receives an award.

Every fall, BU Law holds a pro bono event to kick off the year. The event is attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni and the legal community. Each year, an alumnus/a is presented with the Victor J. Garo, Esq. Award for Public Service

In April, towards the end of the school year, the school hosts an event honoring students who have completed the pledge.

Graduating 3Ls and LL.M. students who have completed the Pro Bono Pledge receive Certificates.

Brigham Young University: J. Reuben Clark Law School

The law school gives Distinguished Service Awards to recognize outstanding public interest, community, and pro bono service by students and faculty.

The Utah Bar Foundation also gives one or more Public Interest Awards on an annual basis to deserving law students.

The law school's student-run Public Interest Law Foundation gives three annual awards (one to a 1L, one to a 2L, one to a 3L) for public interest involvement.

The law school also gives a Public Service Award to each third year student that completes 50 hours of pro bono work during their time in law school.

rooklyn Law School: Brooklyn Law School

Students are urged to keep a public service work log, and those graduating students who have performed more than 50 hours of public service during law school are recognized at a Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and Reception. Five levels of awards are presented to students reflecting the number of hours of pro bono service they have done, as well as one or two students designated by the faculty for a special award recognizing outstanding leadership and commitment to underserved communities.

California Western: California Western School of Law

The Pro Bono Program recognizes students who complete 50 hours (exclusive of training) of supervised pro bono legal service over two consecutive trimesters. Students may participate after they have completed their first year of school. Each spring students completing the requisite number of hours are inducted into the Pro Bono Honors Society at a celebration dinner at which the Dean, distinguished members of the bench and bar, faculty, and other public interest organization representatives are present. In addition, the law school officially recognizes these students with a notation on their academic transcripts, along with Pro Bono Honors Society Award Certificates from the Dean.

Campbell University: Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

Outstanding Student Achievement in Pro Bono and Public Service

Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Pro Bono and Public Service

Outstanding Student Organization in Pro Bono and Public Service

The following Pro Bono Awards are presented annually at the Campbell Law Day Awards Banquet:

  • Outstanding Student Achievement in Pro Bono and Public Service
  • Outstanding Faculty Achievement in Pro Bono and Public Service
  • Outstanding Student Organization in Pro Bono and Public Service

The faculty nominate a graduating student each year to receive the Pro Bono Publico Award presented at the commencement ceremony.

Campbell Law participates in the North Carolina State Bar's Annual Student Pro Bono Service Award by nominating one student each year.

Campbell Law participates in the North Carolina Bar Association's Certificate of Appreciation Program for students who complete 75 or more hours of pro bono service.

Capital University Law School: Capital University Law School

Recognition is given by a transcript designation of Pro Bono Honoree and a certificate of completion.

Case Western Reserve University: Case Western Reserve University Law School

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Catholic University of America: Columbus School of Law

All students who have participated in pro bono are recognized at an annual spring Pro Bono Reception. Additionally, students who complete the Pro Bono Challenge at the following levels are recognized at graduation with a certificate from the dean and a notation in the graduation bulletin:

  • 50 hours (Pro Bono Service Honors)
  • 100 hours (Pro Bono Service High Honors)
  • 150+ hours (Pro Bono Service Highest Honors)

The graduating students who have "honored the highest ideals of CUA Law by voluntary pro bono service to others" receive the Michael F. Curtin Pro Bono Award at graduation from both the day and evening divisions.

Chapman University: Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Chapman's Fowler School of Law holds a reception and banquet in the week before the graduation ceremony. Graduating students and their families, faculty and administration attend, and awards for various accomplishments such as valedictorian and law review membership are distributed. The Commitment to Service awards for pro bono work are announced at this event, and certificates are presented to students.

Charleston School of Law: Charleston School of Law

Students who complete 100 hours or more of pro bono work receive special recognition at awards day and graduation.

Charlotte School of Law:

Law Students completing (50-149) Pro Bono hours at time of graduation receive Pro Bono Honors certificate and notation on transcript. Pro Bono High Honors (150-249hrs) and Pro Bono Highest Honors (250+hours) are also awarded. Annual Public Service Recognition Event held in Spring Semester, which includes announcement of Pro Bono Student and Faculty Member of the year awards.

City University of New York: CUNY School of Law

Because the CUNY School of Law's mission is to train students to become public interest lawyers, there are no formal awards. There is recognition for the pro bono hours that students put into volunteer public interest legal work at Commencement.

Cleveland State University: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Students who volunteer at least 40 hours of public service during the school year receive certificates at the annual Academic Honors Ceremony. One student is named Pro Bono Student of the Year and, in addition to receiving a certificate, also receives a cash award of $50.

The Dean's Community Service Awards are given each spring to selected students for their commitment to community service. These awards involve a financial award of ½ tuition stipends or smaller $1000 stipends.

Columbia University: Columbia University School of Law

The annual Public Interest Honors Dinner is a community event held in April in which the Law School honors all students who have done 75 or more hours of pro bono, spent 2 summers working in the public interest, and whose first post graduate job will be in the public interest. Honored students receive ribbons and certificates. The dinner brings together students, alumni, faculty, public interest employers and administrators, and has a keynote speaker who is a distinguished public interest practitioner. There are also six individual public interest honors awards which are bestowed on students and faculty at the dinner.

Students honored at the annual dinner wear a blue ribbon on their gowns at graduation. (Columbia's color is blue.) All student pro bono hours, mandatory and voluntary, are reported on their transcripts.

Faculty members who perform significant pro bono service also wear blue ribbons on their gowns at graduation.

Pro bono service is considered favorably by the committees that award public interest postgraduate fellowships and enhanced LRAP packages.

There are no specific awards or recognition for community service. However, the student leaders often are nominated for "citizenship" honors such as graduation co-chairs, marshals at graduation etc.

Cornell: Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School Exemplary Public Service Awards and Celebration, held at the Cornell Club in New York City:

Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights - Awarded annually to the law student or students who have made the greatest contributions during his or her law school career to civil-human rights.

Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public Interest Law - Awarded annually to a third year student or students who have shown outstanding dedication to serving public interest law and public interest groups.

Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize - Awarded annually to a student or students who demonstrate excellence in the law and commitment to public interest law, combined with a love of sports.

Harold Oaklander Public Interest Prize – Awarded to a student who excelled in the Harold Oaklander Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program to Advance Justice and Public Policy Against Persistent Unemployment

Creighton University: School of Law

Annual award presented at graduation to the student who was outstanding in the field of public interest.

DePaul University: College of Law

There is a recognition reception for students completing at least fifty hours of pro bono or community service hours at the end of each academic year. Students also receive awards for completing 100 and 200 hours of service and graduating students who have completed 200 or more hours of service receive the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award.

Drake University: Drake University Law School

Supreme Court Day Celebration - The Ferguson Prize Gold ($1000) and Silver($500) are presented to the students who best exemplify the commitment of Drake Law School and the legal profession to public service, and who has rendered outstanding, primarily legal assistance to eligible individuals or groups in the Law School Clinic or to the other public service projects integrated with the Law School.

The William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award ($500) is presented to the graduating student who in the opinion of the faculty demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate.

Drake encourages public service and will award a certificate to any student who completes 60 hours of public service during his/her law school career. The students' names are included in the graduation program as having received the certificate.

Drexel University: Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Students who significantly exceed the 50-hour requirement will receive a Pro Bono Recognition Award and be specially acknowledged in the graduation program. Students will receive a certificate based on the total number of pro bono service hours completed: Service Honors (100 - 200 hours) or Outstanding Service Honors (201+ hours). We also provide distinction at graduation for the Most Outstanding Public Interest Scholar, as well as an award for the graduating student who performed the most pro bono service hours during law school. All students who receive a pro bono award are also recognized at a public service awards ceremony.

Duke University: Duke University School of Law

The Dean and the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono hold a year-end Public Interest Recognition Banquet at which students receive awards for pro bono contributions and for public interest leadership. The awards differ slightly each year based on what activity has taken place. Typical are: an award to all graduating students who took and met the Pro Bono Pledge; an award to all third-year students who participated in pro bono in each of their three years of law school; awards for outstanding leadership in public interest and pro bono; the Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award for over 100 hours in that year; the Substantial Pro Bono Service Award for between 50 and 100 hours that year; and the Significant Pro Bono Service Award for between 25 and 50 hours that year.

A special awards ceremony is held just before the graduation ceremony for the Faculty Awards. Three of the awards relate to public interest. The awards and descriptions follow:

Pro Bono Service Award: This award is presented to the graduating student who has most distinguished himself or herself by employing the education gained at DLS to provide free legal services, thereby carrying forward one of the finest traditions of the legal profession. In evaluating candidates, the selection committee may consider clinical course work and summer activities.

Public Service Award: This award is presented to the graduating student who has most distinguished himself or herself in activities involving service to the broader community outside the Law School, demonstrating that a life in the law can be a life of public service. This award is based upon public interest activities other than pro bono legal services. In evaluating candidates, the selection committee may consider course work in public law and summer activities.

Law School Community Award: This award is presented to the graduating student who has most distinguished himself or herself in serving and strengthening the law school community, contributing to the tradition of collegiality that is a hallmark of Duke Law School.

Students are honored for their pro bono accomplishments by publicity given to them in school publications and through panel presentations.

"Blue Print awards" that include an announcement and a cash prize

Elon University: School of Law

Pro Bono Certificate of Recognition for graduating students who have completed 75 hours of Pro Bono during their law school career.

Pro Bono Award for graduating student who has made outstanding Pro Bono contributions during law school.

The David Gergen Award is given to a graduating student whose activities represent outstanding leadership and professionalism.

Emory University: Emory University School of Law

Pro bono: Annual recognition ceremony and medals at graduation for students meeting the 75-hour pro bono hour requirement.

Public service: The Deans Public Service Awards recognize up to ten students at graduation who have distinguished themselves through activities undertaken on behalf of the public interest either at the law school or in the wider community.

The faculty selects a third year student each year as the recipient of an award recognizing their work in the public interest.

Faulkner University: Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

Students who perform 50 hours of approved pro bono or community service while in law school receive a certificate recognizing such achievement, and a notation of service will be included on the student's transcript. In addition, graduates who complete 50 or more hours will be recognized at graduation. Finally, a Public Interest Service Award will be presented at graduation ceremonies to the graduating student who has most distinguished himself or herself in the area of public service.

Third year students with at least 50 hours of approved services may be nominated by staff or faculty for the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono award. In 2010, a student from our school received this award.

Florida A&M University: College of Law

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Florida Coastal School of Law: Florida Coastal School of Law

Students who participate and complete at least 50 hours of work (a minimum of 25 hours must be legal work) receive a certificate signed by the Dean and are recognized during an annual Honors Reception. Students who participate and complete at least 125 hours of pro bono work (a minimum of 75 hours must be legal work) receive a certificate signed by the Dean, recognition during an annual Honors Reception, recognition at graduation, an honor cord to wear during the graduation ceremony, and a transcript notation as a Pro Bono Honors student.

The Jerome Kermit Coble, Jr. Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes a student at each twice-a-year graduation ceremonies who has demonstrated a significant commitment to public service. It is anticipated that students participating in the pro bono program will be recognized during a reception, be distinguished at graduation, and receive a certificate.

The Barbara McCalla Memorial Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated compassion, commitment to both the community and FCSL, and a strong interest in the support of justice for the less fortunate.

Florida International University: University College of Law

Awards and recognition have been given to students upon Commencement, including Community and Public Service Excellence Award, Pro Bono Service Award, and Excellence in Service to the Clinical Programs Award.

A Medal of Distinction in Pro Bono Service is awarded to recognize students who have completed at least 100 hours above the mandatory 30 pro bono hours.

Additionally, a reception is held for student organizational leaders and those students who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to community service and/or pro bono work.

Florida State University: Florida State University College of Law

Students who perform forty or more hours of public service receive a certificate recognizing distinguished pro bono accomplishment. Their pro bono service is also recognized in the commencement program.

Fordham University: Fordham University School of Law

At the annual Public Interest Resource Center Annual Awards Dinner, Fordham gives two pro bono awards, in addition to the awards recognizing the public service of alumni and friends of Fordham and the certificates to graduating students who have completed Fordham's public interest scholars program. The pro bono awards are:

The Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award: This award is given to students in the graduating class of the Law School who have devoted 50 or more hours to pro bono and/or community service work during their years as Fordham law students. Those graduates completing 250 - 499 hours will receive the cum laude Murray Award, those completing 500 - 999 hours will receive the magna cum laude Murray award and students completing 1000 + hours will receive the summa cum laude Murray award. The text of the award reads, "in grateful acknowledgment of your response to the call of public need as exemplified by Archibald R. Murray, Class of 1960, whose career embodies the highest standards of public service." 137 members of the Class of 2001 are recipients of this award.

Student Leadership Award: This award is presented annually to students in the graduating class who have served on the Boards of Directors of their respective organizations in the Public Interest Resource Center during their second, third, or fourth year in Law School. The text of the award reads, "in recognition of your outstanding commitment and efforts on behalf of the Fordham Law School Community through your dedication and service to (your student public interest organization)." 26 members of the Class of 2001 are recipients of this award.

George Mason University: Antonin Scalia Law School

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George Washington University: George Washington University Law School

The Law School hosts a Pro Bono Breakfast and Reception for law students and their families during graduation weekend. At the ceremony, the Dean presents the students with awards and highlights the significant contributions students made to their communities.

Students who perform 60 or more hours of pro bono legal work and turn in the required forms are listed in the commencement program Honors and Awards section.

Georgetown University: Georgetown University Law Center

The Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) hosts an annual reception to recognize the public interest and pro bono accomplishments of students and student groups. At the reception, students who have performed exemplary public interest or pro bono service are identified through nominations from students, staff, and faculty and highlighted.

Additionally, students who complete the Pro Bono Pledge receive a certificate signed by the Dean and special recognition at graduation.

Georgia State University: College of Law

Students who complete at least 50 hours of pro bono or public service work are eligible to receive recognition upon graduation. Students graduate with “distinction” for 50-99 hours; with “high distinction” for 100-149 hours; and with “highest distinction” for 150 or more hours of pro bono and public service work.

Golden Gate University: School of Law

Pro Bono Honor Society: The Pro Bono Honor Society recognizes students who have performed a set amount of pro bono work each year. The membership induction criteria differ by law school year. The students inducted into the Pro Bono Honor Society are honored at the Public Interest Graduation in the Spring.

Public Interest Graduation Reception: The annual Public Interest Graduation Reception celebrates the accomplishments of 3Ls, alumni, current students, student leaders, faculty and staff who have been active in the public interest community on campus. PILF grants and other summer funding awards are announced, and faculty and alumni give speeches. Those receiving the Public Interest Specialization Certificate are also honored at this event.

Outstanding Public Interest Student Award: The Outstanding Public Interest Student Award is given to a student who has excelled in public interest coursework, community service and pro bono legal work outside the classroom.

Gonzaga University: Gonzaga University School of Law

The Center for Law in Public Service administers Gonzaga Law's Pro Bono Distinction program, which recognizes law student participation in pro bono service. Pro Bono Distinction is conferred upon first year students who complete 20 hours of community service, second year students who complete 30 hours of pro bono service, and third year students who complete 50 hours of pro bono service. The Pro Bono Distinction Platinum honor is awarded to the graduating law student who completes the highest number of volunteer hours during law school. Pro Bono Distinction offers progressive levels of recognition for those students who earn the Distinction for multiple and consecutive years. Students are recognized by the Dean for earning Pro Bono Distinction annually and at Commencement.

Harvard University: Harvard Law School

Kaufman Dinner - For all 3Ls, LLMs and SJDs planning to go into public service upon graduation or after a clerkship. Features a cocktail hour and sit down champagne dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club. The Law School Dean and Assistant Dean for Public Service and an alumnus in public service all speak. Is attended by faculty, clinical instructors and public service administrators who toast the students.

Gary Bellow Awards - Organized by a student group and selected by students through school-wide nominations and voting. An award is given to one otherwise unsung alum (i.e. not someone famous who has already won awards) and one student for their contributions to social justice. Features faculty and student speakers. Dean Kagan usually participates.

The day before graduation, at "Class Day" which also features a keynote speaker, students are presented with awards for community service, and the student with the most pro bono hours is given the Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award. These awards are presented by the Law School Dean. Students who do over 1000 hours of pro bono service are recognized in the graduation program.

Graduating students who receive the Kaufman, Fine, Skirnick or Heyman Fellowships, in recognition of their potential for outstanding career in public service based on their existing accomplishments, are also listed in the graduation program.

Hofstra University: Hofstra University School of Law

The Graduates Celebration and Awards Ceremony takes place a few hours before Commencement. This program consists of an elected student speaker and a faculty speaker chosen by the graduating class. Numerous course and achievement awards are presented at this ceremony. A light dinner is served immediately following this celebration. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

  • Pro Bono Leadership Award - Awarded to a graduating student who has excelled in serving one or more of the Law School's student-run pro bono organizations in a leadership capacity.
  • Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence - Awarded to a graduating student who has excelled in dedication to and time spent performing pro bono service through the Law School's student-run organizations and/or outside activities.
  • Public Service Certificates - Awarded to graduating students who have achieved certain levels of recognition. The levels of service recognized are Bronze Level (50 hours), Silver Level (125 hours) and Gold Level (200 hours). Hofstra's Public Service Certificate Program recognizes students for volunteering, under the supervision of an attorney and without pay or credit, with (1) nonprofit organizations that provide legal representation to individuals or groups who are under-served; under-represented or of limited means; (2) government agencies; or (3) attorneys providing legal services free of charge or at significantly reduced cost. In addition, volunteer hours with Hofstra Law School student groups that advocate on behalf of clients, such as the Courtroom Advocates Program (DVCAP) and the Unemployment Action Center (UAC), and for groups that provide legal education, such as the Mock Trial Enrichment program, count towards the Certificate.

Howard University: Howard University School of Law

Students who complete the Pro Bono Honors Pledge receive a certificate of achievement at the graduation ceremony.

Illinois Institute of Technology: Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law hosts an annual reception during which the "Chicago-Kent Certificate of Service" is awarded to students who complete at least 50 hours of volunteer service during their time at Chicago-Kent. The "Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award" is given to students who complete at least 250 hours of volunteer service. These students' names are engraved on name plates and mounted on a plaque which is displayed in the building.

Chicago-Kent also acknowledges all students who receive the Chicago-Kent Certificate of Service (50 hours of volunteer service), as well as students who receive the Dean's Distinguished Public Service Award (250 hours of volunteer service), in the bulletin at graduation.

Indiana University: Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis

Students receive recognition for program participation in various ways. Students are eligible to receive a Pro Bono Program notation on their transcript if 50 hours of pro bono work are completed during the course of their law school career. Students must turn in an Hours Log (with supervisor's signature) at the completion of each Pro Bono Project (usually each semester) as well as an Evaluation Form. Once approval of the 50 hours has been given, the recorder's office will request the notation to be placed on the student's transcript. A certificate and a recognition reception will be given at the conclusion of each academic year to those graduates who contributed 50 or more hours to the program. The law school also will recognize program participants who achieved 50 or more hours of service during their law school careers by listing their names in the graduation program. Please note that only those students who turn in their Hours Log and receive approval will be mentioned in the graduation program.

There are three levels of recognition for the Pro Bono Program:

  • Bronze Level Participants - 50-99 hours
  • Silver Level Participants - 100-199 hours
  • Gold Level Participants - 200+ hours

The Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence is given to graduating law students who have contributed 200+ hours of pro bono service throughout their law school career.

The John Paul Berlon Pro Bono Awardis given to a graduating student who has contributed a significant amount of time to the Pro Bono Program and to other community activities throughout his/her law school career. The recipient of this award is someone who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service.

Indiana University: Maurer School of Law (Bloomington)

Pro Bono Awards Ceremony: Awards are given annually to the student from each class who has reported the most pro bono hours during the academic year.

Graduation: Certificates are given annually to each graduating student who has met the aspirational goal of performing 60 hours of pro bono service during the course of their degree work.

Leonard D. Fromm Public Interest Award: This award is given annually to recognize outstanding commitment to public interest law by a faculty member. The honoree is chosen by members of the Public Interest Law Foundation (student organization).

Community Pro Bono Award: This award is given annually to recognize outstanding pro bono service by a lawyer in the Bloomington community. The honoree is chosen by a faculty-community committee.

Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law

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John Marshall: Law School – Atlanta

Students who volunteer at least 75 hours in a school year receive Pro Bono Distinction recognition. Graduating students in the top 10% of their class for total pro bono hours accumulated during their law school career receive the Excellence in Pro Bono Service award. The student with the highest overall pro bono hours receive the Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears Pro Bono Award.

John Marshall: Law School

Amongst the numerous awards presented at the annual Spring Fling, are:

  • Student-Funded Summer Grants (beginning Spring 2005), presented to select students that will work summer public interest jobs.
  • Most Active Student Organization, a component of which is community service, including pro bono work.

The Lucy Sprague Public Service Scholarship is presented at May graduation to an individual that has made a demonstrated commitment to public service work while in law school and obtains post-graduate employment in furtherance of such public service commitment. Up to $25,000 is available to be awarded each year and typically goes to one student.

The Elmer C. Kissane Public Service Award is presented each December and May to one graduate that is starting a career with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. The $5,000 award is presented to each recipient upon the completion of one year of post-graduate work with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Lewis & Clark: Lewis & Clark Law School

The Pro Bono Honors Program recognizes students who contribute 30 or more hours of law-related volunteer work during the school year. Students are provided with an award certificate at the annual Pro Bono & Community Service Honors Lunch, a notation on their transcripts, and recognition in the graduation program.

Lewis & Clark Law School offers a Public Interest Law Certificate for students who complete academic, pro bono, and paper requirements.

Each year, a Lewis & Clark Law student is honored by the Oregon State Bar in recognition of the most hours of pro bono service to the Oregon legal community.

Liberty University: School of Law

At the 3L Awards Banquet held in the spring, Liberty University School of Law recognizes the pro bono and community service efforts of third-year law students with the Street Law Leadership Award and the Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award. Also at the banquet, students who report 25 hours or more of pro bono or community service since enrolling as a Liberty law student are recognized with Pro Bono/Community Service Certificates. They are recognized again at graduation. In 2010, the law school noted two levels of distinction for pro bono/community service: 25-50 hours and 51-99 hours. Additionally, the Virginia Bar Association honors students who perform at least 35 hours of pro bono or community service during the academic year with Certificates of Appreciation, and the Center for Career & Professional Development hosts a luncheon in the spring for all students who participate in Street Law during the academic year. Students are presented with Certificates of Appreciation at the luncheon.

Louisiana State University: Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Students who complete 50 hours or more of pro bono service during law school wear white cords at graduation and receive a notation on their transcript, as well as in the Commencement Program.

Loyola Law School: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Students are presented with a certificate of appreciation/completion documenting the total pro bono/public service hours performed.

The Dean of the Law School distributes service awards at graduation to students who have demonstrated strong commitments to community service programs.

Awards given at annual luncheon or reception

Loyola University Chicago: Loyola University Chicago School of Law

At the graduation ceremony, students are recognized for their service in both leadership and community service, and pro-bono service. Their names are listed in the program under these categories, and they are asked to stand to be recognized by their fellow classmates and invited guests.

Loyola hosts an annual Public Interest Convocation. All first-year students are required to attend the convocation, which each year recognizes one lawyer who has devoted his or her career to full-time public interest work, and another lawyer who has devoted a substantial portion of his or her career to pro bono service.

Loyola University New Orleans: Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center annually recognizes students, faculty, and alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to working for social justice for the poor. These Public Service Awards are presented at the Spring Distinguished Speaker Lecture.

Marquette University: Marquette University Law School

Marquette recognizes students who complete 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal service with a service honor cord at graduation and induction into the Pro Bono Society, with special honors for those achieving 120 hours of pro bono service. Qualifying pro bono hours must be: (1) primarily legal in nature, (2) not for credit or compensation, (3) supervised by a licensed attorney, and (4) of service to low-income people, those with barriers to equal access to justice, or a nonprofit whose mission is to serve the same.

Visit http://www.law.marquette.edu/community/pro-bono-society for more information.

Mercer University: School of Law

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Michigan State University: College of Law

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Mississippi College: Mississippi College School of Law

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Mitchell Hamline School of Law: Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Each student who has completed 50 hours of pro bono service is recognized in the graduation program and receives a notation on his/her diploma.

New England School of Law: New England School of Law

The school's Public Service Transcript Notation program provides recognition for appropriate public service legal work. For more information about the program, please visit http://www.nesl.edu/clsr/projects/PSP/TranscriptNotation.cfm

The Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr., Award recognizes one graduating student who has shown the greatest promise of outstanding contributions to public service.

New York Law School: New York Law School

There are several award given for public interest work or pro bono service:

  • The Alexander D. Forger Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession (given to a student for demonstrated commitment to the public interest)
  • The Lung-chu Chen Award for Excellence in the field of Human Rights
  • The Justice Rose E. Bird Award for Motivation in Pursuing Public Interest Law
  • The New York State Bar Association Student Award (given to a student for demonstrated commitment to the public interest)

All students who have earned a public service certificate are recognized in the graduation program & receive a notation on their transcript.

New York University: New York University School of Law

Pro Bono Service Award - Graduating students performing at least 50 hours of pro bono work will receive a Pro Bono Service Award Certificate from the Dean. Students may also list the Pro Bono Service Award as an honor on their resume with the description "for completion of 50 or more hours of public service."

North Carolina Central: North Carolina Central School of Law

All students who have participated in pro bono activities during the previous academic year are recognized at a Pro Bono Student appreciation event held during Law Week, a week of special events and competitions held each year in April. Third-year students who have performed 75 or more hours of pro bono while in law school receive a certificate of recognition from the North Carolina Bar Association and are honored at the Law Week awards banquet.

Pro Bono students' names are printed in the Law School's newsletter, The Weekly, and on the school's announcement board, and they are treated to cookies and badges identifying them as "Pro Bono Superstars."

Northeastern University: Northeastern University School of Law

The Outstanding Graduate Student Awards annually recognize the accomplishments of individual graduate students in the greater Northeastern University community. Awards are given for research, practice-oriented education, and community service at an annual awards presentation program and reception in April. Northeastern law students typically receive one or more of these awards annually.

One Northeastern University School of Law student per year, along with one from each of the five other area law schools in the area, are recognized at the Association of Corporate Counsel-Northeast Branch (ACC) dinner for displaying exemplary ethical conduct in an internship, through a clinic, or in some other class situation.

The Northeastern Law Magazine profiles faculty and administrators who engage in pro bono and public interest service. A link to the magazine on-line is: www.neu.edu/law/magazine

In addition, faculty profiles emphasize public interest and pro bono work. See: http://www.northeastern.edu/law/faculty/directory/index.html

The Public Interest Law Scholars (PILS) are invited to an annual dinner hosted by one of the scholarship's major donors. This dinner brings current PILS scholars and PILS alumni/ae together to celebrate accomplishments, discuss the scholarship program, and welcome new recipients.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) recognizes a student's contribution to social justice movements and to building the NLG at their schools. The NLG is the nation's first integrated bar association and exists for the purpose of representing progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice.

Northern Illinois University: Northern Illinois University College of Law

Clover Family Award - graduation award presented to graduate with the highest number of legal volunteer hours engaged during three years of law school.

Marla Dickerson Award - graduation award presented to graduate who has demonstrated the strongest commitment to public interest law.

Edward F. Diedrich Award - graduation award presented to graduate whose community service demonstrates a strong interest in protecting the civil rights of the underprivileged members of our community.

Northern Kentucky University: Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Student recognition for pro bono work is given by a transcript designation.

Northwestern University: Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Students who fulfill our public service hourly goal are awarded certificates of outstanding commitment to public service. In addition, they recieve special recognition at graduation. Their names are highlighted in the graduation bulletin, and they receive distinctive honor cords to wear at the graduation ceremony.

Students who fulfill our public service hourly goal are also listed as "Public Service Stars" on the public service website.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame Law School

The Peter Lardy Memorial Scholarship is given to the student for his or her contribution to the community.

Nova Southeastern University: Shepard Broad College of Law

The Pro Bono Honor Program is supported and recognized in a variety of ways at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Each year, students are recognized for their commitment to pro bono with an awards certificate, by wearing a gold cord at graduation, and being listed in the graduation program.

Ohio Northern: Claude W. Pettit College of Law

Students who complete 50 hours of pro bono work receive a special certificate and a notation on their transcript.

Ohio State University: Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

At various levels of donated hours, Public Service Fellows are recognized at the College's Hooding and Honors Convocation ceremonies. Also honored are Pro Bono Publico honorees, Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellows.

Oklahoma City University: Oklahoma City University School of Law

OCU recognizes students performing certain benchmark levels of pro bono service at an annual luncheon; students receive certificates and plaques for their hours of service. An alumnus of the school is also recognized for pro bono service and a noteworthy speaker from the region is invited to the luncheon. Students receiving the Dean's Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellowships are also recognized at the luncheon,. Along with the supervising attorneys from their Fellowship host placement site. Fellowship recipients are also recognized at an annual law school awards ceremony in the spring. The Public Interest Law Group recognizes a faculty member for pro bono service at the same awards ceremony.

Pennsylvania State University: The Dickinson School of Law

Students who have performed at least sixty hours of public interest work over the course of their law school careers can apply to be formally recognized as Public Interest Advocates at graduation. Each academic year, students are offered a minimum of two opportunities to submit certification applications in order to receive recognition as a public interest advocate. In addition to recognition at graduation, students are honored for their commitment to service at an annual reception. The Pro Bono Program gives special recognition to students who have completed those sixty hours in a pro bono setting, with no compensation in the form or credit or pay.

Pepperdine University: Odell McConnell Law Center

Students are awarded a Dean's Award when they participate in volunteer pro bono or community service.

Regent University: School of Law

Students who complete 35 hours of pro bono service will be recognized at commissioning, honored at a Public Interest Awards reception, and receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Dean of the Law School.

Roger Williams University: School of Law

Students who complete 100 hours of uncompensated law-related pro bono activity, that is not for academic credit, receive a certificate at our annual "Feinstein Center Reception" held to thank our Public Interest Externship Supervisors and our Public Service and Pro Bono Supervisors. A Public Service Award is granted to one student who has been exemplary in serving the community. A Pro Bono Collaborative Award is granted to "a student or students who demonstrate professionalism, collaborative spirit and exemplary commitment to serving the community and promoting justice for the underrepresented through their PBC work."

Public Service Award

Pro Bono Collaborative Award

Clinical Legal Education Association Award

Kathleen M. Birt Memorial Conflict Resolution Prize

Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter Law Student Ethics Award

National Lawyers Guild Student Award

All students who have been recognized for 100 or more hours of pro bono and the winners of the public service and Pro Bono Collaborative award are listed in the commencement program.

Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, Center for Law and Justice (Newark)

At the end of their final year of law school, all students who have provide 35 hours of pro bono service are invited to a reception at the law school. In addition, they wear a red carnation at graduation and are recognized during the commencement ceremony. Finally, the students receive a notation on their law school transcripts and a certificate upon graduation.

The University recognizes faculty members' pro bono service through the Distinguished Service Professor program.

Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Camden

Pro Bono Awards are presented at graduation to students who have done three semesters of pro bono work, or 35 hours of pro bono work, at least a portion of which was done in their third year.

Saint Louis University: Saint Louis University School of Law

Each spring the Law School holds two awards ceremonies.

The Clarence Darrow Award Ceremony recognizes students and a member of the legal profession for their contributions to public service in the legal profession and through participation in community services projects.

On the day of graduation, graduating students are honored for their work in the legal clinic, and a third-year student is honored for his or her interest in civil rights and work with indigent clients.

Saint Mary’s University of San Antonio: Saint Mary’s University of San Antonio School of Law

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Students are encouraged to apply, if eligible, to gain membership into the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College upon completion of 50 hours of legal pro bono service per year.

Students who complete at least 100 hours of public and/or pro bono service are recognized at graduation with a St. Mary’s University Pro Bono and Public Service Certificate.

Each semester, a St. Mary’s student is recognized by the Community Justice Program and AT&T’s Excellence in Pro Bono Legal Services Award.

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St. Mary’s has previously received awards for its pro bono achievement, including the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service, 2013 and the Texas Access to Justice Commission Law School Commitment to Service Award.

Saint Thomas University: Saint Thomas University School of Law (FL)

Every year, St. Thomas Law recognizes its law students for completing 100 or more hours of pro bono service at the Annual Public Service Awards Program held in April. Law students who complete at least one hundred (100) hours of pro bono will be awarded Certificates of Commendation at a year-end ceremony. Also, these students will receive special recognition in the graduation program, be given a cord for graduation, and have this honor noted on their final transcript. The graduating 3L with the highest number of legal pro bono hours is awarded an inscribed plaque at the Commencement.

Samford University: Cumberland School of Law

Each year students who complete at least 30 hours of pro bono work and/or recognized community service are awarded a certificate of merit and are honored with a reception given by the law school.

Santa Clara University: Santa Clara University School of Law

Students who have performed 50 or more hours of pro bono work are recognized at an annual pro bono recognition luncheon in April. Additionally, award recipients are formally recognized at the annual Public Interest & Social Justice Graduation. Because a number of our students participate in this program annually, the school has devised a tiered recognition program as follows:

Bronze Recognition: First year of recognition for performing 50 or more hours of pro bono service in one calendar year.

Silver Recognition: Second year of recognition for performing 50 or more hours of pro bono service in one calendar year and have achieved Bronze Recognition a previous year.

Gold Recognition: Third year of recognition for performing 50 or more hours of pro bono service in one calendar year and have achieved Silver Recognition a previous year.

Graduating Student and Student of the Year Awards are also given each year.

Seattle University: Seattle University School of Law

The Access to Justice Institute hosts a special reception to recognize students who have contributed to the pro bono work done through the Institute. The AtJI awards students who contribute 50 hours or more of pro bono work with a special certificate. In addition, graduating student leaders and those who have contributed 100 hours or more of service throughout the year, are awarded a trophy upon in recognition of their word. The Institute also awards faculty and staff members and local attorneys, judges and community advocates who have made significant contributions to the Institute.

The Seattle Journal for Social Justice hosts a special rece

ption for students who work with and contribute to the journal. The Accesst to Justice Institute's Award of Distinction for Public Service - Professor Boerner was honored for his ongoing tenacity and vision for the Access to Justice Institute since its inception. He has served as a constant support, providing guidance, mentorship and encouragement for the Institute.

The Access to Justice Institute's Award of Distinction for Public Service - Professor Thomas Fischer - As a visiting professor of Conflict in Law, Prof. Fischer played a crucial role in the development of the Hague Project's bench guide chapter. He supervised, advised and edited the chapter while serving on the Project's judicial bench guide committee.

Seton Hall University: Seton Hall University School of Law

We honor public interest students and celebrate public interest service in our graduation ceremony program. The Law School recognizes and provides awards to selected graduates who contribute the greatest to the public interest. Contributions include student leadership in community service and pro bono work. The Center for Social Justice honors clinical students who excel in the provision of public interest legal services with awards. Also, students who complete at least one semester of pro bono work are individually named in the graduation booklet.

Each student who completes the 35 hour requirement of the Center for Social Justice's Pro Bono program is given a plaque.

South Texas College: South Texas College of Law Houston

Students donating 50 or more hours of service in the Pro Bono Honors Program qualify for special recognition. The special recognition takes two forms: a notation on the student's transcript, and a certificate presented during the awards ceremony at the May and December graduation luncheons.

Southern Illinois University: Southern Illinois University School of Law

The Annual Awards Ceremony is attended by students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and friends of the School of Law. Public Service award recipients are recognized at this ceremony.

Southern Methodist University: Dedman School of Law

Students performing 200 or more hours of law-related public service are recognized at graduation on the Pro Bono Honor Roll.

Southwestern University: Southwestern University School of Law

The Southwestern Public Interest Law Service Award is given annually to a graduating student or students in recognition of demonstrated extraordinary dedication to public interest law activities while at Southwestern.

The Public Service Policy encourages all students to perform at least 25 hours of pro bono public service each academic year. Students who complete 25 hours of pro bono public service in a year receive a formal letter of recognition from the Dean. Furthermore, students who perform at least 75 hours of public service throughout their law school experience are recognized at commencement ceremonies and a notation is placed on their law school transcript.

All law students who are involved in public service are recognized at the annual Spring Public Interest Awards Luncheon.

Stanford Law School:

Students who undertake 50 hours or more of pro bono service during their three years at the law school will be recognized for their contributions at a reception in their honor, the annual Public Interest Awards ceremony and graduation.

Stetson University: Stetson University College of Law

In honor of William F. Blews (JD 1966), Stetson University College of Law has established an award to recognize those students who perform at least twice the number of pro bono hours required for graduation. Awards are presented to students at the Honors and Awards Ceremony prior to graduation. Recipients also wear blue cords over their robes at Commencement.

Suffolk University Law School: Suffolk University Law School

Every student who completes 50 hours of pro bono service by graduation will receive a letter from the Dean of the Law School and a notation on his/her academic transcript. Every student who completes 75 hours of pro bono service by graduation will receive a letter from the Dean of the Law School, a notation on his/her academic transcript, and a notation in the graduation bulletin. Every student who completes 100 hours or more of pro bono service by graduation will receive a letter from the Dean of the Law School, a notation on his/her academic transcript, a notation in the graduation bulletin, and a Pro Bono Certificate presented at the end-of-year Pro Bono Reception. In addition, each year one Day Division student and one Evening Division student who have performed exemplary pro bono service while in law school will be selected to receive special recognition at the annual Awards Ceremony during graduation weekend.

Informal recognition for student and faculty achievement in public interest and pro bono activities is also provided throughout the year via publications in the student newspaper, Dicta; in the Alumni Magazine; in the Rappaport Center's weekly e-letters; on the law school's website; and on the law school's internal computer system with daily announcements and updates for the law school community.

SUNY Buffalo Law School:

Haywood Burns/Shanara Gilbert Award - A national award presented yearly by the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference to a law professor who has displayed exemplary activist work as a teacher, scholar, and lawyer. A national award presented yearly by the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference to a law professor who has displayed exemplary activist work as a teacher, scholar, and lawyer.

Faculty can designate a Faculty Award to recognize a student who has excelled outside the classroom setting, which may include pro bono service.

The Dale S. Margulis Award is presented to the member of the graduating class who has contributed most to the Law School and the community.

The Distinguished Service Professorship is conferred upon faculty having achieved a distinguished reputation for service not only to the campus and the University, but also to the community, the State of New York or even the nation, by sustained effort in the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate's scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern. It is bestowed on faculty in any of the disciplines or fields of study.

The Women Lawyers of Western New York Award This award is a new award to be given annually to a woman member of the graduating class whose performance in academic and Law School activities in the areas of children's rights and/or family violence is exceptional. It is given by the Women Lawyers of Western New York.

Syracuse University: College of Law

Because the College of Law is proud of our students' commitment to pro bono and community service work, we have created a special recognition program. In order for a student to receive special recognition at graduation, a student must be in good academic standing and have completed at least 50 hours of pro bono and community service within this program. Students, Faculty, Alumni and staff gather for the Public Service Annual Recognition Reception, held in the Spring each year.

There are three categories of Pro Bono and Community Service Recognition Awards: Community Service Award (for students who have completed the recommended 50 hours of service); Blue Pro Bono Cord and Community Service Award (for students who have completed 75 hours of service) Orange Pro Bono Cord and Community Service Award (for students who have completed 100 hours of service). In addition, the top three graduating students providing the most pro bono and community service hours will be individually recognized.

Temple University: James E. Beasley School of Law

There is an annual fall event where members of the Rubin Public Interest Law Society are recognized as well as recipients of summer SPIN grants.

There is a special awards ceremony which takes place before graduation. Two awards are given specifically for public interest:

The Henry Kent Anderson Human Services Award - Awarded to a student whose challenging career has deomstrated, through exemplary word and deed, a concern for the victims of society's inequities.

The Beth Cross Award - Awarded to graduates who are planning a career in public interest law and and who have demonstrated Ms. Cross' commitment and dedication to providing legal assistance to underserved populations.

The Lynne M. Abraham Award - Awarded to the graduating student with outstanding grades in Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility who plans to work in a public service position.

The Gideon Award - This award is given to a graduating student who will be working for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and who exhibits overall academic achievement.

In addition, during graduation ceremony, members of the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society are asked to stand and their names are also included in the graduation program.

Texas A & M University: Texas A & M University School of Law

At graduation, the dean of student affairs awards the Equal Justice Award to the graduate who has completed the most pro bono hours in excess of 100 hours. The student is awarded a plaque and his or her name is also engraved on a permanent plaque which remains in the law school.

In addition, a donor established the MacLean Boulware award to acknowledge a graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to the law school and the community through service and involvement and shows promise to practice with high ethics.

Texas Southern University: Thurgood Marshall School of Law

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Texas Tech University School of Law: Texas Tech University School of Law

Faculty and Institution Awards and Recognition:

  • Several law professors and staff have been recognized for their efforts and participation in volunteering at the evening pro bono clinics.
  • The Criminal Clinical Program, under the supervision of Criminal Clinic Director Patrick S. Metze, was recently awarded the prestigious Gideon Award and was also the recipient of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award for 2013.
  • Three law professors (Larry R. Spain, Wendy Tolson Ross, and J. Wesley Cochran) have been recipients of the John Crews Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the Lubbock County Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.

Student Awards and Recognition

  • The Elma Moreno Pro Bono Award, named for the long-time director of the Equal Justice Volunteer Program of what was formerly known as West Texas Legal Services, recognizes a student for outstanding pro bono service with a cash stipend.
  • Students subject to the public-service graduation requirement who perform at least 60 total hours before graduating will receive recognition and honors at graduation.
  • Students admitted to the Pro Bono Honor Roll will be recognized for their service at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony in April and held each spring and in the hooding-ceremony materials when they graduate.
    • The Dean’s Award: 100 hours
    • The Excellence Award: 50 hours
    • The Honors Award: 30 hours
  • The Texas Tech Law Pro Bono Achievement Award recognizes students who have performed at least 150 total hours over all three years.
  • The Pro Bono Graduating Student of the Year Award is reserved for the top graduating pro bono student.
  • Every year, Legal Aid of North WestTexas recognizes students for their participation and assistance at the pro bono legal clinics held throughout the community. Students are recognized at an annual recognition event co-sponsored by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas Equal Justice Volunteer Project and the Lubbock County Bar Association.
  • Several students have been recognized with the CLEA (Clinical Legal Education Association) award during the past years.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Thomas Jefferson School of Law

An annual hosted dinner at one of the students' favorite local restaurants is held at the end of the year to celebrate the students' pro bono service. Supervising attorneys from the public agencies and nonprofit organizations are invited and eagerly attend, and certificates recognizing each student's hourly contributions are presented.

Students who contribute at least 50 hours of pro bono service wear honor cords at graduation and are recognized in the graduation program.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School

The Great Deeds Award - Each year, at each campus, Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism presents this award to a faculty or staff member who has exhibited an outstanding dedication to community service throughout the year. Nominations are received from students, staff, faculty, community leaders, and people whose lives have been touched by a member of the Cooley family. Winners are selected by a committee composed of previous winners and members of Cooley's Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism. The recognition is planned to extend to a student and alumnus in the coming year.

Touro College: Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Upon completion of 40 hours of pro bono work, it is noted on the students' record that the Public Interest Law Perspective has been completed.

In addition, students public service work is recognized at a breakfast held the morning of graduation.

Pro bono and public interest work is also recognized with other Law School student awards.

Tulane University: Tulane University School of Law

Tulane Law School holds a ceremony and reception each year during which graduates are recognized for their unique contributions to pro bono and to community service. The Brian P. McSherry Community Service Award is given to the graduating student who has demonstrated the greatest dedication to the Law School's pro bono program. The General Maurice Hirsch Award is presented to the graduating student who has contributed most distinctively and constructively to university or community needs. In addition, University-wide awards are given to graduate students on the basis of outstanding service contributions. Also, the LSBA recognizes one law student from each of the 4 law schools at a yearly pro bono awards ceremony held at the LA Supreme Court.

Tulane Law School holds an annual recognition lunch in the spring term of the academic year. Students who have excelled in their individual pro bono contributions or in the leadership of organizations responsible for pro bono work are recognized at this event.

University of Akron: C. Blake McDowell Law Center

The Program Coordinator, with the assistance of the Director of Career Planning & Placement, tracks the total number of student community and pro bono service hours using a two-pronged methodology. First, students must complete a Certification of Supervisor form detailing, among other things, the hours worked, and the name and type of service project. This form must be signed by an authorized representative of the organization. The Certification of Supervisor form is available online via a link on the Program's webpage ( www.uakron.edu/law/community). Second, students must submit all hours in a web-based reporting application via Symplicity and upload their signed Certification of Supervisor form. To receive credit toward the graduation requirement students must complete both prongs of the reporting procedure by an established deadline for each semester. The Director of Career Planning verifies and approves all hours submitted.

The student(s) (one full-time and one part-time) with the highest total number of pro bono hours at graduation, as determined by compiling the data received from the reporting procedure, are recognized at Commencement and given a monetary award funded by a local law firm. Additionally, all graduating students who complete over 300 hours of pro bono and community service hours receive a certificate and gold cords to be worn at Commencement, and are recognized in the Commencement program.

The Aileen McMurray Trusler Professorship is awarded to a tenured full professor in recognition for her or his community service and pro bono efforts. The current holder of the professorship focuses on women's legal history, family law, feminist legal history, and equitable remedies.

University of Alabama: University of Alabama School of Law

Students volunteering at least 50 hours in a Legal Services office during their law school experience receive the Volunteer Lawyers Program Student Award from the Alabama Bar. These awardees are honored at the swearing-in ceremonies for new members of the Alabama Bar, and receive recognition in The Alabama Lawyer.

The Dean's Community Service Award was created in 1999 "to encourage law students to become involved in public interest activities in their communities, and to continue their involvement throughout their lives."To earn this award, law students must perform at least 40 hours of non-legal community service while in law school.

To be inducted into the Order of the Samaritan, a student must qualify for both the Law School's Dean's Community Service Award and the Alabama State Bar's VLP Student Award OR the Public Interest Institute's Independent Legal Public Service Program.

Students earning the Dean's Service Award wear a special cord at graduation and are recognized during the ceremony. Students earning the Order of Samaritan are recognized at graduation with presentation of a special service medallion.

University of Arizona: James E. Rogers College of Law

Each month, one student participating in VLP Advocates is selected as the Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award. A plaque with the student's picture is erected in the law school campus.

Each fall, VLP sponsors an annual recognition luncheon for its entire program. At the luncheon, a law student is honored as the Outstanding Law Student of the Year.

In the spring, VLP organizes a law student recognition event held at Arizona Law. The law school dean and a Superior Court judge typically speak at the luncheon, where VLP thanks each of the students for their participation.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville: School of Law

Students who volunteer for public service work, either legal, or non-legal are recognized at the Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony. Each student receives a certificate, and is invited to a special reception in their honor. The third-year student who has provided the most outstanding public service, including community service, during his or her law school career receives the Robert Fussell Outstanding Pro Bono Award at graduation.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock: William H. Bowen School of Law

Dean's Certificate of Distinguished Public Service

Dean's Certificate of Public Service

For further information, see http://www.law.ualr.edu/aboutus/deancert.asp.

University of California at Davis: University of California at Davis School of Law

For graduates who successfully complete the Public Interest Law Program, a special graduation ceremony is held to honor them. At the ceremony, students receive a certificate acknowledging them as a Public Interest Law Scholar.

Each year the Law Student Association bestows the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award upon a graduating student who exemplifies Dr. King's vision and commitment to public service. In the nomination and selection of this prestigious award, special emphasis is placed on service performed without either credit or monetary compensation. Those represented offer a combination of competent legal representation and a commitment to the underrepresented and disenfranchised.

University of California, Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Students who fulfill the Berkeley Law Pro Bono Pledge (at least 50 hours of law-related volunteer work before they graduate) are honored at commencement and at the Public Interest & Pro Bono Graduation Ceremony. Pro bono work completed during their first and second years also helps students obtain eligibility to receive Edley Grants to fund their summer public interest work. Individual students also receive special recognition for exceptional service, e.g. the Francine Diaz Memorial, Eleanor Swift, and Brian M. Sax awards.

University of California-Hastings: College of the Law

Students meeting the 45 hour goal prior to graduation will be inducted into the Pro Bono Society and recognized in the graduation program. This achievement will also be noted on the student's transcript. Students who meet the aspirational goal set for practicing attorneys and provide 150 hours of pro bono services during their tenure at Hastings will be recognized at graduation and on their transcripts for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono.

University of California-Irvine: School of Law

The UCI Law Awards Celebration honors students, faculty, and private attorneys that have participated in the Pro Bono Program and have demonstrated leadership skills. This event is held annually in the Spring and recognizes students for their pro bono achievements, especially those students who go above and beyond the recommended number of hours to be completed each year.

Awards given out at this event include: Pro Bono Independent Spirit Award, Most Pro Bono Hours, Pro Bono 50 & 100 (Hour) Clubs, Most Pro Bono Projects, Pro Bono Leadership Award and Pro Bono Achievement Awards (recognizing all students who met the recommended number of pro bono hours).

UCI Law graduates who complete more than 120 hours of pro bono service during their law school careers graduate with "Pro Bono Honors" and wear a cord over their graduation regalia. Those completing more than 200 hours of pro bono service graduate with "Pro Bono High Honors" and wear a gold stole over their graduation robes.

University of California-Los Angeles: University of California-Los Angeles

Students who meet the "Give 35" goal receive an award at the annual Public Interest Awards Ceremony. They also receive a Public Counsel Mug.

Faculty who have performed pro bono work over the year are recognized at the Annual Public Interest Awards Ceremony. A brief description of the work performed is

University of Chicago: University of Chicago Law School

All students who complete at least 50 hours of pro bono service receive a Dean's Certificate of Recognition and receive special recognition at graduation. In addition, the graduating student completing the most pro bono hours receives a special Award of Excellence.

University of Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati College of Law

Student pro bono service is recognized through our transcript recognition program, which is voluntary. Students who provide 15 hours of law-related service in a given semester receive notations on their transcripts. Students are also recognized at the graduation ceremony as well as in the graduation program.

Recognition dinner each fall recognizes those students who received summer public interest fellowships the proceeding summer.

Annual Senior Dinner presents an award for Public Interest Service and Leadership.

University of Colorado: School of Law

Clifford Calhoun Public Service Award - This is awarded annually by vote of the faculty to the faculty person who contributes to the public service of the Law School in the spirit and tradition of the contributions that Professor Emeritus Clifford Calhoun made in his twenty-nine year Law School career.

The Law School hosts an annual awards ceremony where members of the student body are recognized for their commitment to public service, their clinical achievements, and their commitment to clients.

Recently, an awards ceremony was established specifically to recognize those students who completed the Public Service Pledge Program.

University of Connecticut: University of Connecticut School of Law

Students receive recognition certificates for outstanding service based on number of hours worked in pro bono projects. The Law School also recognizes student commitment to public service through individual awards at graduation including the Honorable M. Joseph Blumfeld Prize, the National Association of Women Lawyers Award, the Joseph F. Noonan Memorial Award, and the Women Law Students Association Award.

University of Dayton: University of Dayton School of Law

All students who devote a significant amount of time to pro bono service during their law school careers will be recognized formally at graduation, will wear a special cord at the ceremony, and receive a special notation on their transcripts designating their service.

University of Denver: Sturm College of Law

The College of Law is in the process of developing awards for students who complete a significant number of pro bono/public service hours via volunteer work, participation in the Student Law Office, and participation in specific externships. Currently, awards do exist for best Student Law Office student per clinic.

The Dean often sends out email acknowledgments to the students and faculty when both students and faculty are involved in significant pro bono accomplishments.

Students have also been nominated for, and won, outside awards such as the Martindale-Hubbell Exemplary Public Service Award and the Skadden Fellowship.

University of Florida: Fredric G. Levin College of Law

We have an Annual Recognition event where students receive certificates for their service, student groups are recognized for their contributions and the the pro bono student of the year is named.

Pro bono students are listed in the Commencement Program

University of Hawaii: William S. Richardson School of Law

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii sponsors a Pro Bono Award for Students.

University of Houston: University of Houston Law Center

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University of Idaho: College of Law

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University of Illinois: University of Illinois College of Law

The College of Law offers an optional pro bono notation on its transcripts for students who perform 60 hours of pro bono service during their three years of law school. The notation will appear on the official and unofficial transcripts of qualified students. It will also appear on the report card for the semester in which the Pro Bono Notation is earned and in the graduation program. In addition, students receive a letter acknowledging their service.

The Rickert Award, one of several awards established in memory of Joseph W. Rickert, a distinguished local lawyer, recognizes annually the achievements of third year students who have demonstrated an outstanding degree of commitment to work in the public interest. Up to four awards may be made each year. Rickert Award winners are honored at a dinner, identified in the graduation program, and given monetary and commemorative recognition of their achievement.

University of Iowa: University of Iowa College of Law

The Boyd Service Award is bestowed at graduation on students who have completed at least 100 hours of service. The award is recognized by a designation on the diploma and by wearing an honor cord at the commencement ceremony.

The Pro Bono Society is a law student group that emphasizes the importance of public service and volunteerism in the legal profession. The Pro Bono Society serves as a vehicle to assist law students seeking to earn the Boyd Service Award. Membership is an earned honor that signifies an objectively measured commitment to serving others during the school year, as well as the development of the skills and values important to a life of public service in the tradition of "pro bono publico." Students must complete 15 hours of service and attend at least one "Lawyers and Leaders" program each semester to be eligible for membership.

University of Kansas: School of Law

The following awards are presented to graduates at the Hooding Ceremony. The Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award is given to the 3L student whose service to his or her fellow students in the school of law or the university community demonstrates the greatest promise for contribution to the legal profession and to society. The Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award is also awarded to a 3L student who has most distinguished himself or herself through leadership in the School of Law. The Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership, and Service Award is given to the 3L student who has most distinguished himself or herself in the combined areas of scholarship, leadership and service. The Robert F. Bennett Award is given to the 3L whose undergraduate degree is from a Kansas University or college, and who has demonstrated leadership qualities through public service. The Janean Meigs Memorial Award is given to the graduate who has demonstrated a caring spirit in service to the students of the university and/or the community at large.

University of Kentucky: College of Law

The College has recently established the Robert E. Harding, Jr. Professorship to support a faculty member whose work advocates the rights of, and justice for, the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized.

University of La Verne: College of Law

Students who are able to perform 50 or more hours of pro bono and/or public service work will be recognized during graduation.

University of Louisville: Brandeis School of Law

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Award is given to the law student achieving the highest number of pro bono hours.

University of Maine: University of Maine School of Law

Third year students who have met the 80-hour pro bono legal public service standard are honored at a special pro bono/public service luncheon held during graduation week in the spring. Honorees are presented with a certificate.

The names of those students who have met the 80-hour pro bono standard are listed in a special section of the commencement program, and a notation is added to each of their diplomas.

Maine State Bar Association Pro Bono Student Award - Awarded to a student whose law-related service to the community, without compensation or academic credit, exemplifies the legal profession's tradition of pro bono service. The recipient is selected by the Dean and Faculty after consultation with the President of the Maine State Bar Association.

University of Maryland: Francis King Carey School of Law

Graduates receive Public Service Award for graduating law students from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law who, during their law school careers, have engaged in service and legal work that significantly advances the public interest. Also, the following Awards noted at graduation celebrate the public service accomplishments and commitment to public service of graduating law students: The Hoffberger Clinical Law Prize; The Community Scholar Prize; The Anne Barlow Gallagher Prize; Ward Kershaw Fund Award and The William P. Cunningham Awards and the Rose Zetzer Fellows.

University of Massachusetts: School of Law - Dartmouth

The law school recognizes students who perform pro bono service that significantly exceeds the 30 hours required by giving the following awards at the time of graduation: the "Servant of Justice Award" for performing at least 100 hours, and the "Leader for Justice Award" for performing 200 or more hours.

University of Memphis: Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

The Law School offers two awards to formally recognize students' contributions to pro bono work and general community service:

1. The Rodney K. Smith Award is given annually to one student in recognition of exemplary pro bono work based on the quantity, character, and content of the work. .

2. The Dean's Distinguished Service Award requires legal service or general community service and is presented to all students who have given at least 30 hours of service within one semester or more. Recipients are eligible to wear honor cords at graduation. 

Students from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are often recipients of outside awards. Our students recently received the following awards:

1. The Irvin Bogatin Social Justice Award, which is presented annually to a student who exemplifies the fulfillment of an attorney's responsibility to provide access to justice to low-income persons and to advance the cause of social justice. It is presented by the Bogatin family through the Memphis Bar Association. .

2. The Memphis Area Legal Service's Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award. .

3. The Tennessee Bar Association's Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award. .

4. The Pro Bono Publico Award, which is a national award given out by PSLawNet.org or PSJD.org to a law student who has dedicated his or her career to serving the public. 

University of Miami: University of Miami School of Law

Exemplary Service to the Poor: This award is given to a student who has engaged in meaningful service to the community through an existing organization. Qualifying work includes law-related as well as non law-related work and may be either directly beneficial to poor individuals or to a charitable, religious or educational organization whose overall mission and activities predominately address the needs of the poor. The term poor is not limited to those who meet federal poverty standards but also includes "working poor." A qualifying student may have received academic credit or financial compensation for the work.

Innovative Service in the Public Interest: This award is given to a student or to a student organization and recognizes the meaningful expansion of an existing program, or the creation of a new program. The award seeks to recognize innovation in addressing public interest concerns and may include: (1) work for persons of limited means, (2) work that expands the work of a charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental or educational organization and addresses the needs of persons of limited means; (3) work that is designed to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, (4) work that expands the work of charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organization; (5) work that is designed to improve the law, the legal system or the legal profession.

University of Michigan: University of Michigan Law School

The Law School is currently examining whether to institute a pro bono award.

University of Minnesota: University of Minnesota Law School

Law students who volunteer for at least 50 hours over their law school careers are recognized at a ceremony before their graduation. They receive a certificate, transcript note, and are eligible for certain scholarships. In addition, MJF recognizes one outstanding law student volunteer at their annual awards celebration.

University of Mississippi: School of Law

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University of Missouri: Kansas City School of Law

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University of Montana: University of Montana School of Law

There is a faculty award that is given to a student for community service.

University of Nebraska: University of Nebraska College of Law

  1. Students completing 50 hours or more of qualified pro bono work during their 2nd and/or 3rd year at the College will receive a Dean's certificate upon graduation.
  2. Each year at least one student may be recognized for outstanding pro bono service.
  3. In addition, service may be considered in determining the "Outstanding Law Student" Award given in the spring.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: William S. Boyd School of Law

The School conducts a reception each semester honoring all students who participated in the Community Free Legal Education Service Program. Outstanding students in the program are awarded certificates and scholarships for their service.

Additional annual awards are the Barbara Buckley Community Service Award awarded to an outstanding graduating student who contributed significantly to the outside community and to the law school community and the Clark County Outstanding Student Pro Bono Award awarded to a student for outstanding pro bono contributions in the legal community.

University of New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire School of Law

Deans Certificate for Exemplary Pro Bono Contributions
Upon graduating from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, law students are acknowledged and rewarded for their continued pro bono contributions. During graduation, student awardees receive certificates of achievements signed by the Dean of the Law School and are publically acknowledged by UNH School of Law faculty and their fellow law students.

The UNH School of Law Teen Court program was a 2010 finalist for the Spirit of New Hampshire Award—an award recognizing excellence in volunteerism and active contributions to the New Hampshire community. Law students volunteering as Teen Court mentors will be attending a statewide banquet to honor the program.

UNH School of Law Annual Public Service Dinner
The Annual Public Service Dinner, held during the spring semester, brings faculty, students, and local community members together to celebrate and honor leaders promoting social justice. A social justice leader and UNH Law School social justice activities are recognized and rewarded at this annual event.

University of New Mexico: University of New Mexico School of Law

Student awards at graduation include an annual award for social justice, clinical honors, and awards for contributions to Alternative Dispute Resolution.

University of North Carolina: University of North Carolina School of Law

Pro Bono Publico Awards
Each April, the Pro Bono Program hosts its Pro Bono Publico Reception. The reception honors students' pro bono efforts throughout the year. The ceremony recognizes 3L students that completed over 75 hours of pro bono service while in law school and yearly award winners for the Pro Bono Publico Awards (recognizing an alumnus, faculty member, student group, 1L, 2L, 3L, and graduating student for their pro bono contributions throughout the year). The ceremony is attended by students, faculty, staff, and attorney partners.

North Carolina State Bar
Each year, the North Carolina State Bar recognizes one graduating UNC Law student for his or her pro bono work.

Recognition at Graduation & Transcript Notations
Students who complete one hundred or more hours of pro bono service are recognized individually at the May commencement ceremony. Students documenting 50+, 75+, or 100+ hours of pro bono service receive notations on their UNC Law transcripts.

Invitation and Participation in Special Events
Since 2016, the Program has hosted an invitation-only networking event with alumni and attorney partners early in the Spring semester for graduating students with 75 or more hours of pro bono service. The goal of the event is to help students transition their passion for pro bono into practice.

University of Oklahoma: College of Law

Students and faculty who work more than 25 hours on pro bono projects in an academic year are recognized at an annual Pro Bono Awards Reception. Graduating students are recognized at Commencement.

University of Oregon: University of Oregon School of Law

The Pro Bono Executive Board hosts an annual recognition ceremony, honoring all who perform pro bono, and awarding special certificates to those who perform over 100, 200, 300, and 400 hours of pro bono. Where appropriate, the Board will honor a student whose work has made an observable impact. The ceremony includes food, wine, and motivational speakers.

Students earning a pro bono certificate (40+ hours of legal pro bono) receive mention in the graduation bulletin.

The Pro Bono Executive Board publishes an annual Newsletter highlighting the accomplishments of student pro bono performers.

University of Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolStudents who exceed the pro bono requirement, serve as student pro bono project leaders, or start new initiatives are recognized at an annual event at the end of the academic year. Only hours that are completed during the academic year and that are uncompensated are recognized. Please see here for awards given for pro bono service.

In addition, The Beacon Award is awarded at the annual recognition event to faculty members who serve as a guiding light not only to the organizations with which they partner, but also to the students for whom they model the importance and impact of service. The awardee is selected by the Toll Public Interest Advisory Board based on the nominations of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

University of Pittsburgh: School of Law

Each year the law school holds a Public Interest Recognition Reception for students participating in public interest and pro bono programs. A third year student is also awarded the Distinguished Public Interest Student award.

University of Puerto Rico: School of Law

In the Anual Awards Ceremony, a certificate is given to each of the students who participated in the Enlace Program

University of Richmond: T.C. Williams School of Law

Pro Bono Certification Award and Recognition Program

University of Saint Thomas: School of Law (MN)

Each spring, the UST School of Law has a Mission Awards Ceremony in which it recognizes students, staff, and faculty who have exemplified the law school's mission and vision. One category of award focuses on community and service. In addition, one member of the first-year class, the second-year class, and the third-year class is recognized with a Living the Mission Award which recognizes students with the highest level of commitment to the Public Service aspect of the Mission of UST. In addition, as part of graduation, the commencement program recognizes all graduates who have logged more than 150 services hours – three times our graduation requirement.

University of San Diego: University of San Diego School of Law

Student Pro Bono Legal Advocates holds a dinner and reception recognizing PBLA's membership and board. At the dinner, various awards are presented including awards for the student who has volunteered the most hours and for the outstanding student from each legal clinic.

Several public interest awards are presented at the law school's awards ceremony including an award by the Center for Public Interest Law for the most outstanding public interest advocate and by the Childrens' Advocacy Institute for the most outstanding child advocate. An Alec Cory Pro Bono Service award is also given. Students who have volunteered over 50 hours of pro bono service are identified by wearing honor cords at graduation.

University of San Francisco: University of San Francisco School of Law

Students are asked to commit to deliver a minimum of 75 hours of pro bono services over the course of their three years at USF Law by signing the Pro Bono Pledge. Students who perform 25 hours (first year of study), 50 hours (second year of study), or 75+ hours (third or final year of study) of unpaid, supervised legal work are eligible for a pro bono publico award.

At our annual end-of-year Public Interest Celebration, we award pro bono publico awards to all eligible students. We also recognize those students who have earned a Public Interest Law Certificate (which requires a combination consisting of coursework, a writing requirement, practicum "pro bono" hours and community service).

University of South Carolina: University of South Carolina School of Law

At the annual Law School Awards luncheon for academic and service awards to students and faculty, 10 Outstanding Student Pro Bono Awards are presented and 1 Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year . In addition the Pro Bono Program presents an award to the "Outstanding Student Organization" for their demonstrated commitment to the goals of the Pro Bono Program.

Many of the general student awards have a pro bono factor in their criteria.

Individual letters of recognition sent to parents or significant persons upon graduation; external and internal law school and University publications; personal notes of thanks sent during the year upon completion of significant events or activity.

University of South Dakota: University of South Dakota School of Law

The State Bar of South Dakota created and now presents during its annual meeting the William F. Day, Jr., Pro Bono Award, which in 2010 was presented to law student Andrea Rosenburg of Buffalo, NY.

University of Southern California: University of Southern California Gould School of Law

The PILF Spring Awards Luncheon honors summer grant and clinical fellowship recipients, outstanding alumni and students in public interest, post-graduate fellowship recipients, and students who fulfilled more than 20 hours of public interest service.

Annual Law School Awards ceremony honors recipients of Shattuck Awards, Mason Brown Award and the Miller-Johnson Equal Justice Award -- all of which place an emphasis on service to the community.

University of Tennessee: University of Tennessee College of Law

The faculty adopted a pro bono policy which provides that students that engage in significant pro bono work while students at the College of Law will receive at graduation accolades. More specifically, students that dedicate 25+ hours of pro bono service will receive certificates of recognition, students that engage in 50+ hours of pro bono service will receive pins in addition to the certificates, and students that engage in 75+ hours of pro bono service receive cords to wear at graduation in addition to the certificates and pins. Additionally, all student participants are recognized in the graduation program.

Prior to graduation a pro bono recognition banquet sponsored by the College is held that honors all students that participated in a significant manner during the academic year. This banquet is attended by faculty and staff as well as students, and generally features a speaker from the local bar association.

Students that engage in Alternative Spring Break also receive certificates of recognition for their service during this event.

University of Texas at Austin: University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Texas Law Fellowships, a student organization, presents annual Excellence in Public Interest Awards to students, faculty and attorneys at a reception each spring.

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law presents annual public service awards to graduating students in the spring.

University of the District of Columbia: David A. Clarke School of Law

The top 6 clinical program students are honored annually and awarded $1,000 at a Kennedy Center program sponsored by Jack Olender, a local attorney and philanthropist.

The School of Law's web site and quarterly newsletter, the ADVOCATE, celebrate and acknowledge individual student pro bono accomplishment. The ADVOCATE is mailed to approximately 6,000 members of the community. See http://www.law.udc.edu

University of Toledo: College of Law

Students participating in the Public Service Commendation Program may be selected for the annual Outstanding Public Service Volunteer award.

University of Tulsa: College of Law

The Martin Belsky Award in Public Interest Law is awarded annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated commitment in the areas of public service, diversity, religious respect and promotion of constitutional values.

The Dicta Public Service Award is awarded annually by a vote of the student body to the student or student group who during the previous year demonstrated the most outstanding efforts and commitment in the area of public service.

The Scott A. Sanditen Memorial Award is awarded annually to a student who exemplifies Mr. Sanditen's service to the community and helping those in need.

Graduating students who report a minimum of twenty hours of public service are permitted to note that in the graduation program along with other honors.

University of Utah: S. J. Quinney College of Law

Graduating students completing 50 or more volunteer service hours are recognized in the graduation program and receive their "Certificate of Service" by graduation. They are also recognized in various materials relating to PBI. PBI volunteers are nominated for various awards throughout the year, such as the Utah Celebrates Pro Bono Law Student Award and the Utah State Bar's Law Student Award.

David T. Lewis Clinical Award
This award honors a student (or students) who have demonstrated an outstanding devotion to clinical work. The recipient must have utilized the Clinical Program to his/her optimal educational advantage and achieved identifiable educational benefit (or accomplishments) through that clinical work. Additionally, the recipient must have distinguished him/herself primarily through successful clinical work (rather than through other activities or endeavors.)

Steven Magleby Memorial Award
Steven Magleby was a graduate of the University of Utah College of Law who devoted much of his professional life to defending and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. He served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Disability Law Center. He championed the rights of people with disabilities and set a high standard for legal advocates and attorneys representing and advocating for people with disabilities. Because of the generous donations and contributions by the family and friends of Steven Magleby, a Memorial Law Student Fellowship Fund has been created to honor his memory. Beginning in June of 2000, the Steven Magleby Memorial Law Student Fellowship Fund will present a scholarship to an outstanding University of Utah College of Law student who demonstrates a devotion to furthering the goals for which Steven dedicated so much of his life.

Recognition of all of pro bono and Lewis Award achievements are noted in the Res Gestae alumni magazine.

University of Virginia: University of Virginia School of Law

Students who complete their required hours receive a certificate of recognition at the end of their first and second years.

Graduating students who have logged at least 75 pro bono hours are recognized in the commencement brochure and receive a certificate of completion signed by the Dean.

The graduate(s) who best demonstrates an "extraordinary commitment to pro bono service" is honored with the annual Pro Bono Award.

University of Washington: University of Washington School of Law

Students, Faculty, Alumni and Staff receive law school sponsored awards in recognition of their public service at the following events:

Annual Student Public Interest Law Association Dinner and Auction (Hall of Fame Inductees).

Annual Alumni Awards Dinner

Annual Law School Student Bar Association Gala Awards (awards are given to students, faculty, staff and alumni)

Pro Bono Honors Annual Recognition Event (Pro Bono Honors Program Award and Pro Bono Student of the Year Award)

University of Wisconsin: Law School

The Pro Bono Society was formed in September 2011 to recognize the outstanding efforts of law students engaged in pro bono during their tenure at UW Law School. Students who graduate in 2014 or later and complete a minimum of fifty hours of pro bono services will be inducted into the Pro Bono Society and graduate with pro bono distinction.

Valparaiso University: Valparaiso University Law School

Students who perform eighty (80) hours or more of pro bono service will receive the notation "Commendation ______hours" which will be entered on their final law school transcript.

Vanderbilt University: Vanderbilt University Law School

A reception is held to recognize those students and faculty who contribute to Public Service and Pro Bono at the Law School. Career Services sponsors the Public Interest Service Awards that are given to students. The Legal Clinic and Legal Aid Society announce and award the Public Interest Stipend Fund Recipients.

The Junius Allison Legal Aid Award and the Carl Rutkowski Clinic Award are announced at graduation.

Vermont Law School: Vermont Law School

The Student Bar Association recognizes a student each year for his or her contributions to pro bono/public service at the school.

At the annual Awards Ceremony, Vermont Law School recognizes numerous students for their accomplishments, including the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Award, which is given to a graduate who has contibuted to the advancement of women in society and promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession.

The Kempner Award is named after former Vermont Law School Dean Maximilian W. Kempner. Max Kempner holds the profession and its members to the highest standards of competence, integrity, respect, fair mindedness, and public service. The award is given each year to the graduating student who throughout his or her law school career best exemplifies these attributes.

Luncheon and video scroll of all "scholarship", which includes pro bono and/or public interest service.

Vermont Law School recognizes and celebrates students who receive external awards for their public interest efforts, including Schweitzer Fellows and Vermont Campus Compact Award recipients.

Villanova University: Charles Widger School of Law

The Villanova Law Alumni Association annually gives the Law Alumni Award for Pro Bono Service to the third year student who has contributed the most meaningful service to those in need. In deciding who should be the recipient of the award, the committee considers non-law related community service as well as pro bono service. The Alumni Association also gives the Donald W. Dowd Alumni Association Award for Public Service, which recognizes outstanding service by alumni to society. The award is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has dedicated time and energy to the public welfare.

Each year Dean Mark A. Sargent and the Villanova Law Alumni Association Leadership host a brunch, designed to welcome members of the graduating class into the Association and to celebrate the tradition of service by Villanova Law students and graduates. The program includes presentations of the Law Alumni Award for Pro Bono Service and Dorothy Day Service Awards to third year students.

Service is recognized in a weekly publication distributed to the law school community and mailed to an extensive audience including donors, board members and members of alumni boards.

The Law School recognizes faculty pro bono service and publicizes it to the Law School community in the weekly Law School.

Wake Forest University: Wake Forest University School of Law

American Bar Association Judith Weightman Award (2012)
North Carolina Bar Association Law School Pro Bono Award (2013)
American Bar Association Day of Service Award (2016)

Washington and Lee University: School of Law

Law students that complete more than 100 hours of uncompensated law related service are awarded a certificate and honored at commencement.

Washington University: School of Law

Washington University School of Law grants special recognition to students who make significant public service contributions. Every spring the School of Law holds the Public Service Law Celebration for students and supervisors who volunteered during the year, student organization leaders, Public Interest Summer Stipend recipients, and others who have made significant contributions to public service programs. At the Celebration, the Public Service Law Student of the Year and the Public Service Employer of the Year awards are presented.

The Public Service Student of the Month award is designed to highlight dedicated students. The chosen student's picture and a description of what the student is doing are featured on the Public Service Project's bulletin board in the Student Commons.

Commitment to public service is recognized on transcripts with the following labels:

  • Public Service Project Participant, with honors: 15-25 hours in one year.
  • Public Service Project Participant, with high honors: 25-45 hours in one year.
  • Public Service Project Participant, with highest honors: 45 or more hours in one year.

The Pro Bono & Public Service award is given to graduating students in recognition of outstanding pro bono and/or public service commitment. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Public Service Coordinator select each year's recipients.

Wayne State University: Wayne State University Law School

Several faculty members have recently received awards or recognition for their pro bono work, including Associate Dean David A. Moran and Distinguished Professor Robert Sedler, both for their work with the ACLU of Michigan, and Professor John Mogk, for his work with Habitat for Humanity. Professor Janet Findlater was recognized in 2007 by the State Bar of Michigan for her pro bono work on behalf of foster children.

West Virginia University: West Virginia University College of Law

Annual event at which students performing exemplary public interest work are recognized.

Students meeting 25 hour public service challenge are recognized at graduation hooding ceremony.

Western New England University: School of Law

End-of-year awards ceremony, where public interest activities are recognized and the public interest summer stipends are announced and awarded.

Western State University: Western State University College of Law

  • Certificate of Public Service - 40+ hours of public service
  • Certificate of Distinguished Public Service - 100+ hours of public service
  • Certificate of Exemplary Public Service - 200+ hours of public service
  • Wallace Davis Public Service Award
  • Robert Green Public Service Award

Whittier Law School: Whittier Law School

Annual PILF luncheon on the lawn, funded by the Law School, to recognize pro-bono involvement, fundraising, and grand recipients.

Dean's merit citations given to students who have exemplary service to both the law school and local communities.

PILF members are recognized in the graduation ceremony program. Dean's Merit award recipients are also recognized in the program.

Widener University: Delaware Law School

In the spring of each semester, there is a student awards ceremony that serves to recognize students for service and academic achievement. At this ceremony, students who have earned pro bono distinction receive certificates. In addition, students who have won summer public interest fellowships are recognized. Several awards/scholarships for a demonstrated commitment to public interest are also given.

At graduation, students who have earned pro bono distinction are noted in the graduation program and wear an honorary red cord.

Widener University: Widener University Commonwealth Law School

In the spring, there is a student awards ceremony on each law school campus that serves to recognize students for service and academic achievement. At this ceremony, students who have earned pro bono distinction receive certificates. In addition, students who have won summer public interest fellowships are recognized. Several awards/scholarships for a demonstrated commitment to public interest are also given. In Harrisburg, a Dean of Students Pro Bono Award is given. Students, their families, faculty, and donors are all invited to this event. A reception follows the ceremony.

At graduation, students who have earned pro bono distinction are noted in the graduation program and wear an honorary red cord.

Willamette University: Willamette University College of Law

Willamette gives an annual Pro Bono Student of the Year award to the graduating student who has contributed the most pro bono work during law school. All students who participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program are honored at our Spring Reception. Those completing the minimum number of hours required earn certificates.

William and Mary: Law School

The Virginia State Bar honored the volunteer attorneys and students of William & Mary's Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic with the 2013 Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Pro Bono Award.

The Law School annually nominates a student for the Virginia State Bar Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. The state bar selects one recipient among all Virginia law schools. William & Mary has had multiple recipients since the award was implemented in 2002.

At a ceremony during graduation weekend, certificates are awarded to members of the graduating class who have satisfied the Law School’s voluntary pro bono/community service goal.

Graduation awards for which public service is a criterion include the Ewell Award, the George Wythe Award, and the Thurgood Marshall Award.

Yale University: Yale Law School

The work of the student groups is celebrated at the bi-annual Public Service Reception. The reception serves to celebrate the service of the Law School community. An important part is to honor one student organization and one clinic that have performed especially noteworthy public service. This selection is based on student nominations and votes, which the Student Representatives administer on behalf of the Career Development Office.

Yeshiva University: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

During Public Law Advocacy Week, Cardozo hosts its Annual Public Service Recognition Ceremony, INSPIRE! The event honors students, faculty, staff, and alumni in our community who INSPIRE us to serve the public good.

During graduation ceremonies, the Law School recognizes outstanding public service law students through a variety of awards, including:

  • E. Nathanial Gates Award: for outstanding academic work or public advocacy that contributes to the achievement of equal justice under law.
  • Jonathon Weiss Award for Public Interest Law: for commitment to public interest law during the student's law school career.
  • Stanley H. Beckerman Public Interest Award: for outstanding commitment to assisting less fortunate persons in need of legal representation by virtue of excellent performance in a clinic, exceptional qualities, and career choice.
  • Archie A. Gorfinkel Award: for the most promising and accomplished graduate entering the field of criminal law.

Updated on: 7/18/2018