Through 44 legal clinics and student practice organizations, Harvard Law students—more than 80 percent of whom participate in at least one law school clinic—provide hundreds of thousands of hours of free legal services to clients across the country and the world each year. Guided by a passion for public service, and driven to make difference, these students help transform communities and the law by supporting people and organizations in need of legal assistance. Each year, the Office of Clinical Pro Bono Programs recognizes graduating students who have exemplified a pro bono public spirit, and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services in low-income communities.
Here are a few of the students among this year’s honorees:
2020 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Award Winner
“Jeremy exemplifies the pro bono spirit in his commitment to excellent work that raises up and is guided by the needs of the impacted community” – Stephanie Goldenhersh, senior clinical instructor and assistant director for Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Family Practice
2020 David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award Winner
“Sejal embodies David Grossman’s indefatigable drive toward a fair legal system and his compassion toward the individuals affected by its current injustices” – Toby Merrill ’11, lecturer on law and director of the Project on Predatory Student Lending
2020 CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student Team Award
“I have never seen a student team work in such a collaboratively succinct, seamless manner to zealously and skillfully provide client-centered representation to indigent and maligned clients” – Dehlia Umunna, clinical professor of law and faculty deputy director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI)