Catholic University law school Professor J.P. “Sandy” Ogilvy was presented with the 2013 Father Robert Drinan Award during the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), held in New Orleans, Jan. 4-7, 2013.
The Drinan Award was presented to Ogilvy following a program, “Pro Bono without Borders: Public Service Projects in an International Context,” on Jan. 5.
Conferred by the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service, the recognition honors 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.
Ogilvy’s selection was announced on Dec. 5. The congratulatory message 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 honor is named after the late Father Robert Drinan (1920-2007) 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.
Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law has been a member of the AALS since 1921. The law school hosted a Family and Friends reception for alumni and other guests in New Orleans on Jan. 4.