Approximately 80 members of the Catholic University Law School community participated in the Third Annual Pro Bono Reception, held in the law school’s atrium on April 17th.
The event honors all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partner organizations that combine to support the law school’s pro bono efforts each year. This year, the reception paid special recognition to Professor J.P. “Sandy” Ogilvy, one of the nation’s best known legal educators in the area of pro bono theory and practice.
Dean Daniel Attridge served as master of ceremonies, highlighting in his remarks the Columbus School of Law’s many service initiatives and outreach efforts, such as assisting area residents with preparing their tax returns. Noting that more than 140 current CUA Law students participate in pro bono work, the dean singled out Kim Jones (3L, above) for special praise and presented her with a plaque honoring her more than 1,000 hours of pro bono service, the highest of any student.
The career and contributions of Professor Ogilvy was the centerpiece of the program, however.
Over his long career, Ogilvy has twice been recognized with national pro bono awards for service from the Association of American Law Schools. He is considered the father of the law school’s pro bono efforts, putting in place the structures and staff support that drive today’s efforts.
“We’re not there yet, but we’re really, really close to having every student participate in pro bono work,” said Ogilvy.
Ogilvy serves as director of the Office of Law and Social Justice Initiatives and director of CUA Law’s Innocence Project Clinic. He has been a guiding force for the law school’s externship program and, along with several faculty colleagues, wrote the most widely-used textbook on legal externships in law schools today.
Ogilvy directs the National Archive of Clinical Legal Education, and is a past chair of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities. He has inculcated the value of service to others to thousands of CUA Law students over the years, some of whom expressed their gratitude to him in the pages of a commemorative booklet produced for the occasion.
“All of us share in our thanks and appreciation for the contributions of this gifted, inspiring and committed educator,” said the dean in his closing remarks.