Catholic University law school Professor J.P. “Sandy” Ogilvy is the 2013 recipient of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Father Robert Drinan Award.
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) created the annual award to honor educators who have worked toward increasing access to justice through the law school environment and to inspire similar efforts from others. The Drinan award is also intended to recognize those who have advanced the ethic of pro bono service through personal service, program design or management.
Announced by the four-member selection committe on Dec. 5, the message to Professor Ogilvy read in part: “You were chosen from an impressive group of faculty and administrators whose work on behalf of the pro bono and public interest programs throughout the country is truly extraordinary.”
The Drinan Award will be presented to Ogilvy following a program, “Pro Bono Without Borders: Public Service Projects in an International Context,” at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 5, 2012.
The honor is named after the late Father Robert Drinan (1920-2007, at left) who was a member of the law faculty at Georgetown, a dean of Boston College Law School, and also served in the United States Congress as a Representative from Massachusetts.
The materials supporting Ogilvy’s nomination for the Drinan Award cited as factors for consideration his stewardship of Catholic University’s Innocence Project, his establishment of the law school’s highly successful externship program, and his direction of the law school’s Office of Law & Social Justice Initiatives.
Professor Ogilvy was also awarded the 2003 William Pincus Award by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education for outstanding contributions to the cause of clinical legal education and the advancement of justice.