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TWENTY-FOUR STUDENTS, part of a record number of participants in the Public Service program, received the Edward V. Sparer Excellence in Public Service Award in December for commitment to poverty law and contributions to the legal services community.
Recognized were students who led the Custody And Support Assistance Clinic, Guild Food Stamp Project, the Human Rights Project, the Immigration Project, Penn Advocates for the Homeless, Street Law, and the Unemployment Compensation Project. Collectively they provided invaluable legal assistance to more than 1,200 indigent clients in the Philadelphia area.
At the award ceremony, Assistant Dean and Program Director Susan Feathers noted that the Public Service program placed a record 563 students during the fall semester, of which 226 participated in student-run projects.
Faculty Chair Professor Louis S. Rulli and Public Service Program Advisory Board Chair Cathy Carr L’79 presented the awards. The Sparer award commemorates the life and work of the late Edward V.Sparer, a professor of Law and Social Policy at Penn Law who combined passionate concern for the poor with a profound commitment to addressing the issue of poverty.
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