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Regional Public Interest Awards

Each year, the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee presents eight law students throughout the country with a Regional Public Interest Award. Chosen for their innovation, impact, and commitment to public interest law, each of the students selected is recognized for providing extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, and more. Recipients of the Regional Public Interest Awards will receive a $250 cash prize and commemorative plaque.

Application Timeline

  • Application Open: February 24, 2021
  • Application Close: March 26, 2021
  • Winners chosen: April 15, 2021

To apply for this award, please complete and submit the application here.

As part of your application, you’ll be asked to provide a personal statement describing your commitment to public interest law. In your statement, you can describe your contributions as a law student to helping disadvantaged communities; the impact your work has on your community; innovative ways you have improved upon the traditional delivery of legal services; any law school projects you started; and your long-term interest in pursuing a public interest law career.

If you have any questions about the Regional Public Interest Awards, or if you would like to nominate an extraordinary public interest law student for the award in your region, please email our team at [email protected].

Application Now Open

The 2021 Regional Public Interest Award Application is open now. Be sure to apply by March 26, 2021.

2020 Award Winners

Amber Banks

Vanderbilt University Law School, South

Nneka Ewulonu

University of Georgia School of Law, Gulf

Emily Genzlinger

University of California, Irvine School of Law, Pacific

Mckenna Kohlenberg

University of Wisconsin Law School, Mountain

Natalia Marte

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, Northeast

Khatia Mikadze

American University, Washington College of Law, Mid-Atlantic

Kimberly Noe-Lehenbauer

University of Oklahoma College of Law, Southwest

Renee Stromski

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Midwest

RSLC allowed me to return to my community and provide vital legal services after Hurricane Harvey.

Ana Laurel /
2018 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow

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