Duke Law Public Interest and Pro Bono Board Wins NC Bar Association Outstanding Student Pro Bono Award

May 1, 2007Duke Law News

The Duke Law Board of Public Interest and Pro Bono has won the North Carolina Bar Association's 2007 Outstanding Law Student Pro Bono Project Award, which recognizes a student group for an excellent pro bono project. The award will be presented during the NC Bar Association's annual meeting at the President's Luncheon, Friday, June 22, at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.

Established in 2002 as part of the the Law School's effort to emphasize the values of leadership and service as outlined in the Duke Blueprint, the Pro Bono Board is made up of a group of 50 students, all of whom assume leadership of a pro bono project or public interest activity, support each other on projects, and generally advise the work of the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono.

This year, students led a record number of groups, including ten new ones: Teen Court, the Duke Law Hurricane Relief Project, Duke Organizing, the Duke Death Penalty Project, the Duke Law Immigration Education Program, the Duke Consumer Law Project, Legal Assistance for Non-English Speakers, a Duke Civil Liberties group, the Hispanic Intoxilyzer Rights Project, and Students Advocating Felony Murder Reform.

A number of groups also continued this service this year, including the Innocence Project, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), the GAL Litigation Project, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy Project, the Refugee Asylum Support Project, Street Law and the Southern Justice Spring Break Trip. In addition, students led the Public Interest Retreat Planning Committee, the Faculty Lives in Public Service Series, the Women Judges Forum, and many other events and activities.

Board member Kristina Johnson '08 nominated the board and led the effort to recognize the Law School's various pro bono groups.

Carol Spruill, Associate Dean of the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono thanked the Board members for their extraordinary work this year. "We more than doubled our pro bono groups this year and had extraordinary attendance at the Public Interest Retreat, the Kick-Off and Pro Bono Sign-Up and many other events. I appreciate all you did for Duke Law School, your fellow students and the community."