University of Pittsburgh

Dick Thornburgh Forum Law Student Awards

Publish Date/Time: 
April 18, 2012

The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Public Service And The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Public Service was established to celebrate the outstanding public service career of Dick Thornburgh on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was first awarded in 2007.

The Class of 1957 is a remarkable group of many whose members went on to become judges, educators, and high-profile attorneys.  Of those dedicating their careers to public service, the most well-known is Dick Thornburgh--former two-term Pennyslvania Governor and Attorney General of the United States serving both Presidents Bush (41) and Reagan.  Dick Thornburgh, early in his career, made the decision to accept the challenges of public and legal services.

This year two awards will be granted to two outstanding graduating law students. One award, The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Public Service, will be presented to a student whose goal is to pursue a career in public service. The second award, The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service, will be presented to a student who has worked the field of legal services for our low-income population while in law school and intends to continue in this career path.  One such example would be working with the Neighborhood Legal Services organization.

The selection process and criteria for this one-time financial award of $2000 per student is determined by the Dean of the School of Law in consultation with Mr. Thornburgh.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligibility Requirements for the Dick Thornburgh Prize for Public Service: Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2012. Accepted a position in public/government service following graduation. Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to public service.

Eligibility Requirements for the Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service: Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2012. You must be a student who has worked field of legal services for our low-income population while in law school and intend to continue in this career path. Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to legal service.

Application:Submit cover letter indicating post-graduation plans along with interest and commitment to public and legal assistance services. Submit resume to the Law School Financial Aid Office no later than 5:00 pm on April 20th.

 

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