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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.

Regional Public Interest Awards Application

  • Please provide a personal statement describing your commitment to public interest law. We are looking for: 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. (2 page limit, Word document or PDF)*

Applications Open

Applications for 2019 Public Interest Awards are open! Deadline to apply is March 20, 2019.

2018 Award Winners

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Nida Din

Region: Southwest Region

University of Houston Law Center

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Bryanna Jenkins

Region: Midwest Region

DePaul College of Law

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Jasper Katz

Region: Northeast Region

Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Jennifer Mendoza Headshot

Jennifer Mendoza

Region: Mountain Region

University of Washington

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Andrew Navratil

Region: Southeast Region

Georgia State University College of Law

Mary Stewart-Holmes Headshot

Mary Stewart-Holmes

Region: Mid-Atlantic Region

New York Law School

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Jeremy Thomas

Region: Central Region

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

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Jessica Valadez

Region: Pacific Region

UC Hastings College of Law

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I’ll leave with an invaluable experience that has solidified my desire to work with underrepresented and vulnerable communities throughout the course of my career. I’m forever grateful to both Colorado Legal Services and to Rural Summer Legal Corps for giving me the opportunity to have such a great summer internship.

Ashlyn Kahler-Rios /
University of Colorado Law School

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