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April 23, 2013

Public Service Initiatives Host Annual Awards Ceremony

The Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF) and Pro Bono Board hosted their annual ceremony to recognize the contributions of Oregon Law students on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. OLSPIF is a nonprofit run by the students. Its mission is to enable law student employment in the public interest and to support community access to legal representation. The Pro Bono Executive Board works to raise the level of student involvement in pro bono activities.

Public service attorney Gerry Gaydos and Professor Margie Paris led inspirational talks at the heart-felt and moving ceremony. Guy Richardson, father of the late Oregon Law student Nicole Richardson, was also in attendance. The Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Award honors former Oregon Law student Nicole Richardson ’04, who died on April 24, 2006. Richardson had a passion for justice and worked as a public defender in Denver, Colorado. Oregon Law is honored and grateful for the Richardson Family’s support.

The award winners are as follows:

Katina Saint Marie, for OLSPIF's Bandiero Award, recognizing outstanding commitment to public interest law by a community member.

Jacqueline Bunick, for OLSPIF's Hitchcock-Kenna Award, recognizing outstanding commitment to public interest law by an Oregon Law student.

Scott Ficklin, for performing 500 hours of pro bono service.

Sarah Holloway, for performing 488 hours of pro bono service.

Tessa Keller and Ariel Nelson, for the Nicole Richardson Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, which carries a monetary prize.

OLSPIF announced its 14 stipend recipients for summer 2013, and its record amount of funds raised this year: $56,000. Both organizations recognized their outgoing board members and volunteers. The Pro Bono Board also recognized students who reported 40-plus hours of pro bono work.

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