Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

Public interest students converse before the luncheon.

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

Amy Sankaran, '01, director of externships and pro bono programs (L) with Professors Bridgette Carr, '02, director of the Human Trafficking Clinic, and Anne Schroth.

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

Professor Vivek Sankaran, '01, director of the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, and Sarah Zearfoss, '92, senior assistant dean for admissions, financial aid, and career planning, chat with a student .

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

Alyson Robbins, public interest director.

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

Michigan Law graduate and guest speaker Laurel Dumont, JD/MSW '05.

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

An interested crowd soaks up the advice offered by Dumont.

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

1L Megan Sanders, Pro Bono Service Award recipient, gets a congratulatory hug from Amy Sankaran.

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

Students gather before the event.

Public Service Sendoff, April 11, 2012

David Baum, assistant dean for student affairs and special counsel for professional skills development, chats with a student.

A TOAST TO PRO BONO/PUBLIC INTEREST WORK  Students who have completed at least 50 hours of pro bono work and those who are planning to work in public interest or government during the summer and post-graduation were honored at the Public Service Sendoff in the Michigan Union on April 11. Guest speaker and MLaw grad Laurel Dumont, JD/MSW '05, founder/executive director of The Center for Collaborative Change in Newark, N.J., shared anecdotes and advice on pursuing a public interest career. The event also included recognition of award winners 1L Megan Sanders, 2L Joseph Morrison, and 3L Rachel Burg, who received the Pro Bono Service Award; Steve Gray, Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, who was named Outstanding Supervisor; and Future Advocates in Training, named the Oustanding Pro Bono Project.

Photos by Leisa Thompson Photography.

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