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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. 

Overview & Benefits

  • Eight law students from around the country recognized each year
  • Winners selected by the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee
  • $250 cash prize presented to each recipient
  • Winners receive a commemorative plaque
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About the Award

  • 8 law students selected from throughout the country
  • $250 cash prize and commemorative plaque presented to RPIA winners
  • 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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Apply for the RPIA

1 View the Application Timeline

  • Application Open: March 6, 2024
  • Application Close: April 8, 2024
  • Winners Chosen: May 1, 2024

*Image at left depicts 2024 RPIA winners

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

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, please e-mail our team at [email protected].

Two rows showing the headshots of the 2024 RPIA winners. Top (L-R) Alexia Roberts, Elle De La Cancela, Jackson Lanier, Isabel MacCay. Bottom (L-R) Jess Gaughan, Megan Cherry, Keeli Wallace, Jill Chien.
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