Saturday, April 21, 2007

Student Pro Bono Award

The Virginia State Bar gave its annual student pro bono award to Maryann P. Nolan, a third year law student at the College of William & Mary who devoted over 1000 hours of uncompensated or minimally compensatated public service and supervised legal services to a variety of needy clients and causes. We congratulate a rising lawyer who has set such a fine example for the profession. (Mike Frisch)

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This would seem to stretch the meaning of pro bono work to the breaking point: perhaps better: 'cause lawyering' (after Sarat and Scheingold, eds., Cause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities, 1998), although there is certainly fuzzy and porous boundaries between the two.

That said, it really is nice to read about young people like Ms. Nolan with this sort of commitment.

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Apr 21, 2007 10:28:32 AM

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