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Philadelphia Bar Honors Student for Public Interest Work

December 19, 2008

Third-year Penn Law student Amy Retsinas was among five Philadelphia-area students honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section for their strong commitment to public interest work.

Having worked as a social service provider in domestic violence agencies before coming to Penn Law, as a student Retsinas volunteered with Action AIDS and worked on various projects as a co-coordinator of the Reproductive Rights Project.  She interned in Family Court as an advocate with Women Against Abuse, and co-chaired Penn Law's Equal Justice Foundation Auction, which raised over $60,000 to support law students taking uncompensated employment in public interest during the summer.

Retsinas also helped the organize the 2008 Sparer Symposium, sponsored by the Toll Public Interest Center at Penn Law, which focused on the revitalization of Philadelphia.  She spent summers exploring different facets of public interest law, interning at Alaska Legal Services and at Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg.  She currently works as an extern in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services and is a senior editor on the Journal of Law and Social Change.