College of Law > Academics > Centers, Institutes & Initiatives > Center for Public Interest Law > Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative > Service Awards
DePaul Law students completed over 3,900 hours of service during the 2020-2021 academic year by participating in a variety of service opportunities including:
Preparing advanced directives for seniors
Providing legal help to low income individuals without attorneys through Illinois Free Legal Answers
Helping victims of domestic violence obtain emergency orders of protection
Assisting immigrants with petitions for asylum and citizenship appliactions
Teaching constitutional law to students in Chicago Public Schools
Participating in virtual legal clinics, providing clients from across the country help with a myriad of legal matters
Crafted toys and other enrichment items for shelter animals
The Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) presents four service awards annually to students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service during law school.
Named in honor of one of the law school’s most outstanding alumni, the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award is awarded to graduating third and fourth year students who have completed 200 or more hours of volunteer service during their time at DePaul and who best exemplify the Vincentian commitment to service and social justice.
Awarded to students completing 200 hours of volunteer work during their time at DePaul
Awarded to students completing 100 hours of volunteer work during their time at DePaul
Awarded to students completing 50 hours of volunteer work during their time at DePaul
PBCSI also honors a DePaul alumna/us who, through years of service, has demonstrated an ongoing and deep commitment to pro bono legal services for the poor and disadvantaged and has inspired others to do the same.
Lisa K. Nelson (JD 1993)
Lisa's outstanding commitment to service truly embodies DePaul's Vincentian values and is an inspiration to the College of Law community.