June 27, 2012
2012 Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award Recipients: Leah Sandwell-Weiss and Lynn Wishart
Congratulations to Leah Sandwell-Weiss, Reference Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Law and, Lynn Wishart, Associate Dean of the Law Library at Cardozo School of Law.
Quoting from the announcement by the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award Committee (Richard Leiter of the University of Nebraska College of Law, Barbara Bintliff of the University of Texas School of Law, Dick Spinelli of William S. Hein & Co., and Sara Sonet of the Supreme Court of the United States and the 2011 Award recipient):
Leah Sandwell-Weiss has a significant record of service to the immigrant community in Southern Arizona. Recently ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, Leah is deeply involved in the Pima County Interfaith Council, an independent organization of congregations, schools and not-for-profit organizations that embraces the rich diversity of Pima County, Arizona and works for a fuller participation ini our democracy and toward the creation of a more just society. In recognition of her efforts she was presented with the Corazón de Justicia award by the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos for her work on immigration.
Lynn Wishart, too, has a significant record of service to the underprivileged. For years Lynn was coordinator of the outreach programs at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. The programs include a Homeless Shelter, Habitat NYC, Low Income Advocacy, Special Events for the Homeless, Meals on Wheels, Project Find, Bowery Mission, Crop Walk, Mission Trips and Benevolence (charitable grants to individuals and groups). Lynn’s work as coordinator has involved establishing procedures, drafting committee manuals and organizing the groups for efficiency and excellence. Lynn presently chairs the Shelter Committee and serves on the East Side Congregations for Housing Justice advocacy center.