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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 make to underserved populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono work.


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. The recipient will be announced during National Pro Bono Week—usually held in October—and honored during an Award Ceremony at the recipient’s school thereafter (usually the following spring). The award recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary award of $1,000. Award recipients also write one guest article for the PSJD Blog.

Award Criteria

Selection is based on the extracurricular commitment the nominees have made to law-related public service projects or organizations; the quality of work they performed; and the impact of their work on the community, their fellow students, and the school. Actual pro bono work will be the 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:

  • An award nomination form (to be released later this summer),
  • a résumé, and
  • a two-page recommendation detailing the nominee's work, the impact of that work the nominee's community, and why the recommender feels the nominee is deserving of the award. Input or quotations from those involved in the nominee's work or those affected by the nominee's efforts may be included and are strongly encouraged.

Nomination packets should be assembled into a single PDF file and submitted via fax, mail or email with the subject line ATTN: PSJD Bono Publico Award. Initial nominations must be received by Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 5pm EST.

Process for Finalists

After reviewing each nomination packet in September, the 2018 PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award Committee will select finalists. Finalists will be asked to submit the following additional materials:

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals involved in work or projects the finalist has undertaken, as well as
  • additional documentation of the finalist's choice, which may not exceed 10 pages and which may include items such as:
    • A personal statement from the finalist, and
    • media articles, blog posts, or statements from interested parties detailing the finalist's work and its impact.