Public Interest Resource Center and Public Interest Law Alliance Honor Students for Pro Bono Service
Web Editor - Published: April 26, 2011
“I honestly believe that with privilege comes responsibility,” said Dean Linda L. Ammons at a reception held by the Public Interest Resource Center and the Public Interest Law Alliance on Thursday, April 21st to honor students who had been active in public interest work during their time at law school. She thanked the students, donors, faculty, and the Public Interest Resource Center staff, concluding her remarks by saying, “For those who gave, you will receive much in return.”

2011-12 Student Bar Association President Andrew Quietmeyer, who served as one of the co-chairs for this year’s PILA Auction, spoke after Dean Ammons, saying, “Public service is inherent in our role as advocates. We have a duty to assist people in need.” He encouraged the students present to “continue in your endeavors as a zealous advocate for those who need your assistance.

PILA President Nicole Phillips spoke about the organizations successful efforts for the past year. PIRC Director Sydney Howe-Barksdale then recognized the 2010-11 PILA Board, and presented the PILA Auction co-chairs, Andrew Quietmeyer and Ancy Oommen, with special gifts. The auction co-chairs also presented Dean Ammons with a check for the Public Interest Law Alliance Fellowship Fund. The money will be used to fund unpaid public interest internships for students.

The reception concluded with the presentation of pro bono distinction awards to the students who have completed the requirements to receive the honor.