Duke Bar Association Takes Top ABA Honors

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The Duke Bar Association has been named the top law school student government in the country by the American Bar Association. DBA’s receipt of the 2004 “National Achievement Award” was announced Aug. 6 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, and was based on the quality of its leadership, programs within and outside the Law School, and interactions with students, faculty, administrators, and legal and non-legal communities.

DBA sponsored over 170 student-initiated events during the past academic year and involved over 500 participants in its community service initiatives.

“The award is a tribute to the efforts of the 2003-04 DBA Executive Board, and especially past president Shireen Matthews ’04, past vice president Katy Soby ’05, and Vikram Patel ‘05, the new DBA president and its former community service chairperson. And also given the efforts of literally hundreds of students who participated in DBA-sponsored organizations and events, this award is really a testament to the leadership of the entire student body,” said Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Jill Miller. “We already knew that we had great students at Duke, but it’s nice for others at the national level to recognize their hard work and dedication to our community.”