Harvard Law School has awarded the first annual Gary Bellow Public Service Award to Earl Martin Phalen ’93 and Aaron Bartley ’01. Phalen, founder of the B.E.L.L. Foundation (Building Enterprises for Learning and Living), and Bartley, a leader in the Progressive Student Labor Movement, were nominated and selected to receive the award by the student body last spring. The Gary Bellow Public Service Award is granted annually to one graduate and to one student who demonstrate an inspirational commitment to public interest work and an innovative approach to lawyering in the interest of promoting justice.

A reception honoring the award winners and finalists, the 2000-2001 Public Interest Auction co-chairs, and all students engaged in public interest work over the summer will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m., in the John Chipman Gray Room. Introductory remarks will be given by Professor Charles Ogletree and the keynote address will be delivered by Phalen.

This award is conferred in honor Harvard Law School Professor Gary Bellow, founder and former faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Clinical Programs, who died on April 13, 2000.