Student Pro Bono Award Winners Announced

On April 8, the College of Law hosted the Eighth Annual Pro Bono Honors Program awards reception to recognize those law students who volunteered their time and services to pro bono activities and community service projects during the previous 12-month period.

The high point of the reception was the presentation of the Col. Rupert E. Park Jr. Pro Bono Student of the Year Award, which is given to the third-year student who made the greatest pro bono contribution throughout all three years of law school. This year, the Pro Bono Student of the Year Award was presented to 3L Jonathan Strauhal, who dedicated 388.5 hours of service to the school's Clinical Law Program and the Willamette University Public Interest Law Project.

Rachel O'Connor was awarded special recognition for having served the most pro bono hours during her third year. She volunteered 162 hours this year and a total of 344 hours throughout all three years of law school, working for the Siskiyou County Public Defender.

Second-year student Nicholas Castellano was recognized for volunteering 589 hours at the Benton County Circuit Court in Corvallis.

Kate Denning also was recognized for having served the most pro bono hours from among the first-year students. She volunteered 20 hours at the Willamette Valley Humane Society.

In total, Willamette's law students who participated in the Pro Bono Honors Program volunteered approximately 3,071 hours of their time during the 2009-10 academic year to a wide range of worthy causes and organizations.

For more information on the Pro Bonor Honors Program, visit Career Services.