College of Law Presents Student Pro Bono Awards

On April 13, 2006, the College of Law held its annual Pro Bono Honors Program awards reception to recognize those law students who contributed their time to pro bono and community service projects over the previous 12-month period.

Each year, the Col. Rupert E. Park Jr. Pro Bono Student of the Year Award is presented to a third-year law student who has made the greatest pro bono contribution during law school. The award is named for Col. "Rudy" Park Jr. of Oregon City, a retired city attorney for Redmond, Ore., who received his law degree from Willamette in 1947.

The 2006 Pro Bono Student of the Year Award went to Rachel Arnold, who volunteered 250 hours to pro bono activities during her three years of law school. Arnold worked as an intern for Judge Anna Brown of the U.S. District Court in Portland, helping to ensure equal access to legal services and the courts for low-income Oregonians.

"This award reflects Willamette's strong commitment to upholding and celebrating the professional obligation of all attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance," said Phylis Myles, director of career services for the College of Law. "Rachel serves as a great example of someone who is committed to improving access to the courts."

During the awards reception, all law students who met the requirements for pro bono honors were recognized for their pro bono contributions. In addition, the top volunteer from each law class was honored:

  • Daniel Klein, Class of 2006, 143.5 hours of service
  • Andrew Pulver, Class of 2007, 176 hours of service
  • Wayne Chi, Class of 2008, 30 hours of service following first semester of law school