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Pro Bono Service Recognition Dinner

Every April, the law school honors the students who have made service work a central component of their legal education, and the supervising attorneys who provide them with hands-on legal training and invaluable guidance. The event is an opportunity for the law school community to come together with its public- interest-minded stakeholders to share moving success stories, and to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of our student-advocates.

2017 Recognition Dinner

2017 Beacon Award Winner: David Rudovsky

 2017 Beacon Award Winner: David Rudovsky


Scroll down for a list of our 2017 pro bono recognition award winners.

 Volunteer of the Year Award

Recognizing outstanding service and commitment by a pro bono project volunteer.

Student Project Volunteer
Aequitas Kelsey Bomar
Animal Law Project Nischay Bhan
Custody and Support Assistance Clinic Anna D’ginto
Criminal Records Expungement Project Lacey Nemergut
Civil Rights Law Project Sam Darby
Democracy Law Project Warner Sallman
Environmental Law Project- Impact Litigation Project Matt Lembo
Environmental Law Project- Regulatory Project Garrison Todd
Guild Food Stamp Clinic Chet Eckman
International Human Rights Advocates Elizabeth Sahner
Innocence Project Kaitlin Gottleib
International Refugee Assistance Project Aaron Shaddy
James Wilson Project Carolyn Carpenter
Legal Education Partnership, Debate Program

 Brittany Beyer

Legal Education Partnership, Mock Trial Program Joshua Mehta
Pardon Project Nick Hall
Penn Housing Rights Project Uri Yahil
Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless, Clinic Anna Marion
Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless, Outreach Abdul Alwattar
Penn Law Immigrant Rights Tu Le
Project PEACE Khary Anderson
School Disciplinary Advocacy Service Stefanie Ramirez
Students for Technological Progress Dan Roberts
Veterans Law Project- Benefits Program Aaron McKenney
Veterans Law Project- Bankruptcy Program

Stephen Lamb

Youth Advocacy Project- Direct Services

Bradie Williams

Youth Advocacy Project- Community Advocacy

Stefanie Ramirez


Leader of the Year Award

Recognizing project leaders who go above and beyond in their commitment to service

Student Project Leader
Custody & Support Assistance Clinic Josh Balk
Domestic Violence Assistance Project Devin Troy
Guild Food Stamp Clinic Anne Bracaglia
Guild Food Stamp Clinic Elyssa Eisenberg


Supervisor of the Year Award

Recognizing project supervisors who demonstrate unparalleled dedication
in their oversight of Penn Law’s student volunteers

Student Project Supervisor
Animal Law Project Penny Ellison
Criminal Record Expungement Project Michael Lee
Immigrant Refugee Assistance Project Carl G. Roberts
Penn Law Immigration Rights Project Jonah Eaton


The Toll Public Interest Award

Recognizing the student project leader who has embodied the highest qualities of leadership and the public interest spirit. Over the course of the school year, this student has distinguished themselves as an inspirational executive and a tireless advocate.

Outstanding Project Outstanding Leader
Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project Amy Mahan


Legacy Award

Recognizing graduating students who have founded a pro bono project.

Student Project Name
Democracy Law Project Blair Bowie
Students for Technological Progress Lucas Tejwani
Youth Advocacy Project Martha Hannah
Youth Advocacy Project Elizabeth Levitan

The Beacon Award

Recognizing an exemplary commitment to pro bono work by a Penn Law faculty member.

David Rudovsky

Civil Rights & Criminal Law 


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