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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.

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].

Applications for the 2024 Regional Public Interest Awards are now closed. 


2024 Award Winners

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Megan Cherry

University of Georgia School of Law, Gulf Region

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Jackson Lanier

North Carolina Central University School of Law, South Region

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Elena De La Cancela

University of Minnesota Law School, Midwest Region

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Keeli Wallace

University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, Southwest Region

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Jill Chien

George Washington University Law School, Mid-Atlantic Region

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Jess Gaughan

Washington University School of Law, Mountain Region

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Isabel MacCay

Gonzaga University School of Law, Pacific Region

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Alexia Roberts

Harvard Law School, Northeast Region

I have and will continue to devote my life to public service and the advancement of others.

Aranda Stathers /
Pennsylvania University Dickinson Law 2022 RPIA Winner

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