Sophia Pappalardo (JD ’20) recognized for outstanding pro bono work

Photo of Sophia Pappalardo (JD '20) in the Law Commons at Wake Forest Law School

The 2020 Smith Anderson Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Service goes to Sophia Pappalardo (JD ’20) in recognition for her service to the community.

During her time at Wake Forest Law, Sophia has held many leadership roles and has served those in need through nearly 200 hours of pro bono work,” said Hazel Mack, director of the Smith Anderson Community Outreach Center. In 2020, Pappalardo organized a service program that sent six Spanish-speaking Wake Forest Law JD and LLM students to help mothers in detention prepare for interviews that allow them to apply for asylum. The students traveled to Dilley, Texas for the pro bono project.

Pappalardo has served for two years as project coordinator for the “Know Your Rights” project, where she teaches community members about their rights during interactions with law enforcement. She has also organized brake lights clinics and community nights, providing students with more opportunities to reach community members in need.

Smith Anderson gives this award annually to a Wake Forest Law student who demonstrates a passion for serving people in need and whose pro bono service results in a positive impact on the community and increased access to legal information. The firm, the largest in the Triangle, funded the establishment of the Smith Anderson Office of Community Outreach at Wake Forest University School of Law, which houses the Pro Bono Project and Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) at the University.