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3L Awarded the Oliver White Hill Student Pro Bono Award
Story Abstract:Mark Kennedy, a third-year law student, has won the Oliver White Hill Student Pro Bono Award. The Hill Award is given by the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, and "recognizes extraordinary achievements of outstanding students in the pro bono arena." Kennedy will be presented with the award at the Fourteenth Annual Pro Bono Conference, on May 13, 2004.
During Kennedy's first summer in law school, he worked for the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project. Kennedy also worked for a public interest firm in New York City and at Washington and Lee he volunteers for many projects, including serving as the University's National Lawyers Guild Chapter President, raising money for AIDS awareness and working with recycling efforts. He has also organized a new campus initiative, "Men of Action," to raise awareness about violence against women.
In Kennedy's nomination letter, the Elizabeth Peck, Director of Career Services, noted that "Only when I pressed did he really let me know just how much work he has done. In a crowded room he is not the first person you spot; he's the guy who is quietly getting the work done while others talk. To honor someone who seeks to do good because it is the right thing to do, rather than because he may be later recognized, seems, to me, the best use of your award."