Posted: April 18th, 2017 | By: Emily Eisert
The Pro Bono Project hosted its Pro Bono Honors Society annual dinner and recognition event on April 11, 2017. In addition to the inductees, in attendance were Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) and Hazel Mack, interim Outreach Director for the law school.
“This has been an incredible year for pro bono at the law school and so much of our success is due to each of your efforts,” Sarah Saint (JD ’17), executive director of Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project, told the inductees.
This year, the 42 new Pro Bono Project Honors Society inductees logged a combined total of 3,152 hours, according to Saint. ”That’s 131 days of 24-hour, non-stop pro bono work,” she added. “I can’t wait to see all of the incredible things you continue to do to change the world for the better.”
Additionally, 10 student organizations participated in pro bono projects as a group or developed new ones, including Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF), Student Bar Association (SBA), American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), OUTLaw. Immigration Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta and Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition (DVAC).
At the dinner, Women in Law (WIL) received the 2017 Pro Humanitate Award for Exemplary Pro Bono Service by a Student Organization. WIL hosted its first Girl Scout Mock Trial Program, a four-week mentoring program for high school-age Girl Scouts in the are of trial advocacy. A dozen Girl Scouts from various troupes in the Piedmont region participated. The final trials of the program were held in a Wake Forest Law courtroom with Judge Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91) presiding.
Katie Barkley (JD ’17), 1st Lt. Chris Salemme (JD ’17) and Brad Simon (JD ’17) were nominees for the Smith Anderson Exceptional Pro Bono Legal Service Award. Salemme was the award recipient in recognition of his work with VALOR and the Veterans Legal Clinic during law school and beyond, Saint said.
Students inducted into the Pro Bono Honors Society have each exhibited an exceptional passion for increasing access to justice for members of our community who cannot afford legal services.
“We are so proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside these compassionate students and look forward to seeing each of them continue to make a difference in the years to come,” Saint added
Following are the inductees for the 2016-17 academic year:
Class of 2019
Class of 2018
Class of 2017