Pro Bono Honors Society Dinner celebrates 49 new inductees

Group photo of Dean Reynolds and the Pro Bono Honors Society, including 29 new inductees

Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project welcomed a record 49 new inductees into the Pro Bono Honor Society this year, a huge increase from the 17 students inducted in 2015. Together, this year’s inductees logged over 3500 hours of pro bono work throughout the academic year. In order to be eligible for induction, students had to personally log 50 hours of pro bono work in one school year or 75 hours over multiple years.

This year’s inductees are as follows: Allie Clayton (JD ’18); Rayn Dunn (JD ’18); Hillary Frame (JD ’18); Vanessa Garrido (JD ’18); Nan Hu (JD ’18); Yinan Liu (JD ’18); Dallas Pastirik (JD ’18); Samantha Poon (JD ’18); Emily Scotton (JD ’18); Reva Singh (JD ’18); Darryl Walton (JD ’18); Steven Williams (JD ’18); Jared Adams (JD ’17); Katie Barkley (JD ’17); Daniel Barrera (JD ’17); Dominique Caldwell (JD’ 17); Rebecca Daddino (JD ’17); Kyleigh Feehs (JD ’17); Meghan Holland (JD ’17); Emily Jeske (JD ’17); Janice Johnson (JD ’17); Clint Mast (JD ’17); Mitchell Miller (JD ’17); Erica Oates (JD ’17); Meredith Pace (JD ’17); Whitney Pakalka (JD ’17); Sarah Saint (JD ’17): Chris Salemme (JD ’17); Daniel Stratton (JD ’17); Josh Winks (JD ’17); Alena Baker (JD ’16); Emily Carico (JD ’16); AJ Ceberio (JD ’16); Zabrina Delgado (JD ’16); Crissy Dixon (JD ’16); Ashley Escoe (JD ’16); Christian Dorismond (JD ’16); Lauren Emery (JD ’16); Daniel Galyon (JD ’16); Dawnielle Grace (JD ’16); Elissa Hachmeister (JD ’16); Joseph Hill (JD ’16); Ashlee Johnson (JD ’16); Andria Marquez (JD ’16); Shawn Mihill (JD ’16); Emily Morris (JD ’16); Mackenzie Salenger (JD ’16); Bradley Setzer (JD ’16); and Kyle Staggs (JD ’16).

“These students have each exhibited an exceptional passion for helping the underprivileged and marginalized members of our community. They have made it a point to use their legal education to affect powerful change,” said Carson Smith (JD ’16), outgoing executive director of the Pro Bono Project. “I am so proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside these compassionate students and I look forward to seeing each of them continue to make a difference in the years to come.”

The Pro Bono Project also announced that this year’s Student Organization Award goes to the Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization (VALOR), a group which aims to educate students on veterans issues and laws, provide support to homeless veterans in Winston Salem and to offer volunteer opportunities to students to help veterans and military families.

VALOR hosted a free legal workshop this year for veterans in the Winston-Salem community. The workshop included three presentations focusing on various legal issues affecting veterans. The Student Organization Award recognizes VALOR’s pro bono work and includes school-wide recognition and a plaque that will hang in the Pro Bono Office. The Student Organization Award recognizes a student organization who has demonstrated a commitment to pro bono and the spirit of pro humanitate.

The Pro Bono Project is the central point for all pro bono activities and maintains a database to keep track of student pro bono work. It has filled hundreds of placements with attorneys in non-profit organizations, private practice and North Carolina’s legal services organizations. The program is administered by a student executive board with the support and assistance of the law school administration and partnerships with local attorneys and legal services organizations.