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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.

2018 Recognition Dinner

 2018 Beacon Award Winner: Kara Finck


Scroll down for a list of our 2018 pro bono recognition award winners.

 Volunteer of the Year Award

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

Student Project Volunteer
Custody and Support Assistance Clinic Justin Prelogar
Criminal Records Expungement Project Abby Samuels
Democracy Law Project Mason Smith
Employment Advocacy Project Billy Larosa
Financial Literacy Project Daniel Raikin
Healthy Law & Advocacy Project  Andrew Jeon
If/When/How- Research Zoe Brumfield-Meyers
If/When/How- Judicial Bypass  Abby Rosenblum
International Human Rights Advocates- Field Work Trip  Allyson Reynolds 
International Human Rights Advocates- War Crimes Pro Bono Project Emile Raber
International Human Rights Advocates

 Leah Wong

International Refugee Assistance Project Sam Scott
Legal Education Partnership- Debate Louis Lessner
Legal Education Partnership- Mock Trial Sean Wildes
Pardon Project Sabrina Merold
Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project Greta Wiessner
Penn Law Innocence Project Ruby Galen
School Discipline Advocacy Service Pete Yoon
School Discipline Advocacy Service Darien Wynn
Students for Technological Progress Michelle Kao
Street Law Sean Koh
Veterans Law Project- Bankruptcy Practice

Michael Weil

Veterans Law Project- Benefits Practice 

David Ermann 

Youth Advocacy Project

Ariana Brill

Youth Education Program 

Carolyn Carpenter 


Volunteer of the Year Award- Outstanding Dedication

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

Eli Ort
Ellyn Jameson

Supervisor of the Year Award

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

Student Project Supervisor
Veterans Law Project Sheila Hughes
Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless Mike LiPuma


The Toll Public Interest Award

Recognizing graduating students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to pro bono leadership during their three years at Penn Law.

Oluwaseun (“Shay”) Familoni
Devin Troy
Sara Lynch

The Beacon Award

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

Kara Finck

Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy