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About the PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award

Read a little about the 2017 PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award Winner,
Lydia X.Z. Brown (Northeastern '18)


To recognize the significant contributions that law students who perform pro bono work make to underserved populations, the public interest community, and legal education.


The Pro Bono Publico Award is available to any second- or third-year law student at a PSJD Subscriber School. Each subscriber school may submit up to two nominees. Each Subcriber School may submit up to two nominees. The recipient will be announced during National Pro Bono Week – October 21st – 27th, 2018. The recipient will also be honored during an Award Ceremony later in the year, which will take place at the recipient’s school. Finally, the award recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary award of $1,000.

Award Criteria

Selection is based on (1) the extracurricular commitment nominees have made to law-related public service projects or organizations; (2) the quality of work they performed; and (3) the impact of their work on their community, their fellow students, and their school. Actual pro bono work will be the award committee’s primary consideration.

Nomination Deadline & Nominating Process

Contenders for the award are typically nominated by mentors, teachers, or career advisors, but the award committee does consider nominations submitted directly by students themselves.

Nomination packets should include the following materials:

  • A completed award nomination form,
  • the nominee's résumé, and
  • a statement detailing the work the nominee has done, the impact it has had on the nominee’s community, and why this nominee is deserving of the award (maximum length: two pages). In preparing the statement, nominators are encouraged to include insight or quotations from people involved in the nominee’s work or members of the community that work has impacted.

Nomination packets should be assembled into a single PDF file. Nominations must be received by Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. (See end of Nomination Form for submission instructions.)

Process for Finalists

After the Pro Bono Publico Award Committee conducts an initial review of all nomination packets, it will announce its Award Finalists. Finalists will be asked to submit some additional information:

  • Two letters of recommendation from those involved in the work or project; and
  • any additional material the nominee chooses to include (maximum length: ten pages). Past finalists have included materials such as
    • a personal statement from the nominee,
    • statements from interested parties describing their experience with the nominee’s work, or
    • media articles, blog posts, or other coverage of the nominee’s work or its impact on the community.