College of Law > Academics > Centers, Institutes & Initiatives > Center for Public Interest Law > Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative > Service Awards > Past Awards
DePaul Law students completed over 7,000 hours of service during the 2020-2021 academic year by participating in a variety of service opportunities including:
Preparing advanced directives for low-income LGBTQ seniors
Providing legal help to low income individuals without attorneys through Illinois Free Legal Answers
Drafting legal petitions and providing limited-scope consultations for expunging and sealing criminal records
Performing legal research on police misconduct litigation
Helping victims of domestic violence obtain emergency orders of protection
Assisting immigrants with petitions for asylum
Serving as legal observers during racial justice protests
Volunteering with public defender, state's attorney, and other government offices
Assisting voters through election protection hotlines
Navigating self-represented litigants through court process during domestic relations judges’ court calls
Packing food for distribution at food pantries and delivering food to individuals living in food deserts
Making blankets for homeless youth, painting pictures to decorate a domestic violence shelter, and creating videos teaching skills to seniors
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.
Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award
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.
President’s Award for Service
Awarded to students completing 200 hours of volunteer work during their time at DePaul
Chancellor’s Award for Service
Awarded to students completing 100 hours of volunteer work during their time at DePaul
Dean’s Certificate of Service
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.
María Puppo Martinez (JD/LLM 2017)
María Puppo Martinez is counsel at BP Tax Advisory in Montevideo, Uruguay. She also teaches a course on U.S. law to LLM students at Universidad de Montevideo. She has dedicated a significant portion of her legal practice to pro bono work and has especially focused her pro bono practice over the past year to serve people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
María's outstanding commitment to service truly embodies DePaul's Vincentian values and is an inspiration to the College of Law community.