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New Orleans Pro Bono Project Names Tulane 2010 Pro Bono Law School

December 10, 2010

The New Orleans Pro Bono Project on Thursday (Dec. 9) named Tulane University Law School their “2010 Law School of the Year.” The Pro Bono Project, a group that aims to provide free civil legal services to the poor in the New Orleans area, annually honors those professionals who throughout the year donate their time, talent, and services to support the program in fulfilling its mission. Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer accepted the award on the school’s behalf at a ceremony held at the offices of Jones Walker in New Orleans.

“We are grateful for this recognition of the law school’s landmark pro bono program,” Meyer stated. “Service to the community – through our clinics, externships, and pro bono work – continues to define the Tulane experience.” 

As the first law school in the nation to require public service as a component of a law degree, Tulane Law School’s partnership with The Project spans more than 20 years, dating back to 1988. Still, The Project claims it reaped more rewards than ever this year, making Tulane a clear choice for 2010’s “Pro Bono Law School.”

“[Tulane] law particularly stood out for the many fine law clerks it sent during the year,” The Project expounded on its reasoning behind this year’s selection. “Tulane also gave needed support by hosting training and recruiting students for the Help Desk Project in Civil District Court, a pilot study to provide legal information to pro se litigants with domestic cases.”

Additional acknowledgements included the law school’s long-standing support of The Project’s annual Justice For All Ball, as well as its commitment to the program and to those in need of access to justice.

“We are enormously proud of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Meyer. “The impact of their service can be seen not only in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast, but across the country and in other parts of the world.”

Along with Tulane, The Project celebrated a number of fellow volunteer corps members—attorneys, paralegals, corporate partners and business professionals—many of whom are alums of Tulane Law School or currently enrolled as students. Those honorees affiliated with Tulane law are as follows:

Distinguished Service Awardees
Michelle Purchner L ’06
Denise Redmann L ’84
Peter Sloss L ’85
Ryan Wallis L ’02

Donated 100+ Hours in 2010
Bill Cherbonnier L ’73
Mark Cunningham L ’92
Michael D. Lane L ’05
Anthony Sartor L ’09

Wonderful Law Clerks
Ashton Rogers
Juan Bernal
Laura Buck
Kirsten Lavery
Kelly Long
John Sigety
Matthew Stone


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