May 12, 2012
Office of the Dean
As the first law school in the nation to require public service as a component of a law degree, Tulane University Law School has documented more than 242,500 hours of student commitment to public service since the program officially began more than two decades ago with the law class of 1990. While students each must commit at least 30 hours in order to graduate, many surpass the requirement with students volunteering as many as 893 hours in years past.
“I have always felt that we have a role to play in ensuring that access to justice is afforded to all who need it,” says third-year law student Ashley Banks, whose 448 hours of service earned her a Louisiana State Bar Association Law Student Pro Bono Award for 2012. “Through pro bono work, I have gained a better recognition of the legal challenges and opportunities in New Orleans, and these opportunities have provided me with a great love of the city and of service.”
Students contributing 60 hours or more during the academic year are recognized at the close of each spring semester during an annual law school pro bono luncheon in their honor. This year’s event, held April 11 at Weinmann Hall, honored 76 extraordinary law students who served 12,545 hours collectively over the course of three years at Tulane law.
The 2011-12 highest-achieving honorees are as follows:
Khalid Samarrae, JD candidate, class of 2012, served 158 hours with the Juvenile Justice Project.
Nicole Mers, JD candidate, class of 2013, served 400 hours with the Alliance for Affordable Energy.
Uri Nazryan, JD candidate, class of 2013, served 360 hours with the Juvenile Justice Project and Options Charter Public School in Washington, D.C. (Photos/Lauren Gavioli)
Ryan Boyle, JD candidate, class of 2012, served 556 hours with the District Attorney’s Office (ongoing since summer 2011).
, JD candidate, class of 2012, served 448 hours with the Tulane Legal Assistance Program (TULAP), Southern Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS/Family), and the District Attorney’s Office.
Matthew Cardosi, JD candidate, class of 2012, served 376 hours with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island.
Since May 1, 2011, students from all three law classes at Tulane have reported a total of 15,254 hours.
A prerequisite of graduation, pro bono work has no impact on academic credits; individual transcripts reflect the total number of certified pro bono hours performed by the individual student. All pro bono work is performed under attorney supervision.
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