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Equal Justice Works Congratulates 2022 Regional Public Interest Award Winners

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Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced the recipients of the 2022 Regional Public Interest Award, recognizing eight law students for their exemplary commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.

“We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Regional Public Interest Award,” said Aoife Delargy Lowe, vice president of law school engagement and advocacy at Equal Justice Works. “These exemplary law students share our commitment to increasing access to justice and it is an honor to recognize their leadership and service on their campuses and beyond.”

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Regional Public Interest Award. These exemplary law students share our commitment to increasing access to justice and it is an honor to recognize their leadership and service on their campuses and beyond.

Aoife Delargy Lowe /
Equal Justice Works Vice President of Law School Engagement & Advocacy

These eight law students were selected by the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee for providing outstanding service through law clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and other initiatives. These award winners will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary reward.

2022 RPIA Winners
Photo of the 2022 Regional Public Interest Award Winners. Top row (L-R): Aranda Stathers, Christopher Kloth, Darcy Guio, Claire Comey. Bottom row (L-R): Victoria Bonds, Grace Wynelle Thomas, Maggie Belcher, Lauren Cook.

“I have and will continue to devote my life to public service and the advancement of others,” said Aranda Stathers, a second-year law student at Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law. “Life has afforded me many opportunities to travel and advance my education. I believe it is my duty to leverage my privilege to benefit others, and I will continue to do so long after I graduate from law school.”

Below is the list of this year’s Regional Public Interest Award recipients:

  • Christopher Kloth
    Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
    Gulf Region
  • Lauren Cook
    Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University
    South Region
  • Maggie Belcher
    Michigan State University College of Law
    Midwest Region
  • Grace Wynelle Thomas
    University of Texas School of Law
    Southwest Region
  • Aranda Stathers
    Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law
    Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Claire Comey
    Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law
    Mountain Region
  • Victoria Bonds
    Loyola Law School Los Angeles
    Pacific Region
  • Darcy Guio
    Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
    Northeast Region

Equal Justice Works offers many opportunities for law students to serve the public interest law community on their campuses and nationwide. Visit here for more information.

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