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Law School named a finalist for Philadelphia VIP’s Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for Corporations

October 11, 2021

The award is given annually by Philadelphia VIP, the City’s leading pro bono organization.

In recognition of exceptional pro bono legal work provided by the Civil Practice Clinic and the the Toll Public Interest Center’s Penn Housing Rights Project, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is a finalist for this year’s Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for Corporations.

The Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for Corporations is given annually by Philadelphia VIP, the City’s leading pro bono organization dedicated to providing expert legal assistance to low-income individuals and families as well as to small businesses and non-profits throughout Philadelphia. Nominees for the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award for Corporations are chosen based on their contribution to Philadelphia VIP’s overarching goal to “expand access to justice” in the local community.

“The obligation of every lawyer to advance access to justice begins in law school,” said Practice Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Practice Clinic Louis Rulli. “We are extremely proud of our many students who work tirelessly each year to help low-income clients save their homes, recover stolen wages, and end predatory and discriminatory practices. Penn students are not only learning the law; they are making the law work for the most vulnerable among us.”

Civil Practice Clinic Supervisor and Lecturer Jennifer Fernandez added that the Civil Practice Clinic is “fortunate to have a community resource like VIP that connects organizations like us to clients most desperately in need of legal services to help ensure access to justice for low-income Philadelphians.”

This year’s awards ceremony will take place virtually on Tuesday, October 12 from 6:30-7:15pm.

Read more about the Law School’s Gittis Legal Clinics.

Read more about the Toll Public Interest Center.