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Wake Forest Law’s Guardian ad Litem Project wins North Carolina Bar Association’s Law Student Group Pro Bono Award

Wake Forest Law’s Guardian ad Litem Project has been selected for the Law Student Group Pro Bono Award by the North Carolina Bar Association.

Three attorneys, two law firms and one law student group were selected as recipients of the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2013 Pro Bono Awards. The recipients were chosen by members of the NCBA Pro Bono Activities Committee.

The Law Student Group Pro Bono Award is presented to an outstanding law student group whose pro bono project benefits low-income people in North Carolina.

The law schooll’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) student program pairs law student members with children who have been removed from their parent’s custody and been placed in the hands of the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS).

In 1991, the GAL program of Judicial District 21, Forsyth County, recruited and trained 25 Wake Forest Law students as volunteers. Since that time, more than 400 Wake Forest Law students have been trained. Each fall the student executive board recruits students and coordinates training.

Over the past three years, more than 120 students have been trained as child advocates. In the past two years, student GALs have been advocates in 90 cases, according to Outreach Director Beth Hopkins.

Hopkins added that this award is further evidence of the compassion and commitment of the students at the law school.

“They continue to amaze me with their level of creativity, zeal, and dedication to becoming citizen lawyers,” Hopkins said. “These students are establishing a legacy for those students who will follow in their footsteps.”

The awards will be presented on Friday, June 21, during the President’s Luncheon of the NCBA Annual Meeting, scheduled June 20-23 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

More information about the criteria of the awards and who won them can be found here.