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Penn Law Honors Pro Bono & Public Interest Service

May 04, 2012

University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Louis S. Rulli has been honored with the Law School’s 2012 Beacon Award, which recognizes a faculty member’s contribution to pro bono and public interest service.  The award was part of Penn Law’s annual Public Interest Recognition Event, conducted April 19 in the Fitts Auditorium.

Rulli was honored for his contributions not only as Practice Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, but for serving  as an “inspiring example and mentor to others engaged in pro bono service” through his countless bar association activities and non-profit board affiliations, as well as the vast amount of pro bono legal assistance he offers in which he routinely makes it a priority to engage students.

The Recognition Event celebrated the pro bono and public interest work of the Law School’s 2012 graduating class, who collectively performed more than 30,000 hours of service. Third-year student Jaime Gullen received the C. Edwin Baker Award for performing the most pro bono hours of any student in the Class of 2012 – 638 hours over her three years at the Law School. Gullen, who co-founded two separate pro bono projects, is also the recipient of a postgraduate fellowship.

The work of numerous Penn Law students, public interest law attorneys and advocates, and over 20 student-run pro bono groups was also honored. Of the graduating JDs, 86 percent exceeded the school’s 70-hour pro bono requirement, with three students performing more than 600 hours of pro bono legal service.

For a complete list of individuals and organizations honored, see the Recognition Event program 2012.pdf.

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