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June 16, 2006

Top Law Students to be Recognized at Quarterly Meeting

The Philadelphia Bar Association will honor several local law students at its Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 19 for their pro bono contributions.

Villanova University School of Law

Casey Linehan
Casey has been involved in pro bono since her first semester at Villanova. She volunteered with the City of Philadelphia Law Department, working with juveniles who were involved with the Department of Human Services. In addition, she volunteered full-time during the summer of 2005 and throughout her third year with the Juvenile Law Center. She was President of the Pro Bono Society and helped initiate and coordinate several pro bono projects during her tenure. Under her leadership, membership in the pro bono society jumped to over 100 students. During her three years of law school, Casey has performed over 120 hours of pro bono service.

Celine McNicholas
During her first year, Celine worked on a lengthy pro bono case with volunteer attorney (and VLS alum) Joni Berner as part of our award-winning Lawyering Together program. During the summer of 2004, Celine volunteered full-time with the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, where she assisted domestic violence victims with a variety of civil matters. She continued to work with Ms. Berner during her second year as the case progressed, while also assisting a volunteer attorney with a prisoner’s rights case. Finally, she has worked tirelessly on voter education and to combat vote fraud in Philadelphia elections. During her three years of law school, Celine has performed over 120 hours of pro bono service.

Marni Snyder
Marni has also been involved in pro bono service since her first year, when she was matched with Celine to work on a lengthy pro bono case with Joni Berner. She volunteered her first summer with the School District of Philadelphia and her second summer with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. She continued to work with PILCOP throughout her third year of law school, as well as volunteer weekly at the Montgomery County Public Defenders office. She also served as Vice President of our Pro Bono Society. During her three years of law school, Marni has performed over 130 hours of pro bono service.

Rutgers University School of Law at Camden

Dina Wizmer
In her very first semester of law school, Dina began assisting an alumnus on his pro bono Social Security case, and never stopped doing pro bono work while at the same time becoming actively involved, ultimately as an officer with all of the law school public interest groups, including the Association for Public Interest Law and the American Constitution Society. Her pro bono work included participation in the law school Election Protection project and volunteering at CLS and PILCOP. Her externship was at the Immigrant Defense Project, and her summer work was at CLS. She received a Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award and the National Association of Women Lawyers Award for her outstanding contributions.

Macavan Baird
As a first year student, Macavan became involved the Community Dispute Resolution Committee – Mediation Pro Bono Project, and in his second and third years served as a student leader for that project. He also served as a Marshall-Brennan Scholar, a program through which he taught constitutional law to Camden high school students, and was in addition active in the law school public interest groups, the Association for Public Interest Law and the American Constitution Society. He received a Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award and the ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions.

Amanda Lanham
Amanda participated in the Community Dispute Resolution Committee – Mediation Pro Bono Project, serving as a student leader in her second and third years, and coordinating the training as well for the project. She also participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, and was an office in the Association for Public Interest Law, the American Constitution Society and the Womens Law Caucus. She received a Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award and the Class of 1991 Graduation Award for her outstanding contributions.

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Nicole A. Boehner
Nicole Boehner brought a long history of public service to Temple and continued her dedication to serving others while a law student. She worked at Community Legal Services in their Language Access Project, assisting individual clients as well as working on policies for courtroom interpreters. Nicole spent the summer of 2005 working with the Director of the Human Rights & Business Roundtable for The Fund for Peace in Washington DC where she conducted extensive research leading to publication of her findings. She also joined a group of other law students and volunteered several hours to Lawyers without Borders, where she researched international standards for detention and treatment of detainees. Finally, Nicole volunteered many hours of her time each spring to helping low-income farmworkers complete their tax returns at the Philadelphia Legal Assistance/Volunteers for the Indigent Program Low Income Tax Clinic.

Karen M. Pollins
Karen Pollins came to Temple law after spending more than a year as a paralegal working with disability claimants. A fluent Spanish speaker, she concentrated her public service to activities where she could utilize her language skills. At the Nationalities Service Center, Karen assisted clients with all phases of their immigration cases, including representing them before immigration officers. She also developed special expertise in preparing self-petitions for domestic violence victims under the Violence Against Women Act as well as U-Visa applications. Karen also volunteered several hours at the Philadelphia Legal Assistance/Volunteers for the Indigent Program Low-Income Tax Clinic, assisting Spanish-speaking farmworkers with their tax returns. Karen also found time to be active in the Student Public Interest Network, the Women’s Law Caucus, and the Institute for International Law & Public Policy.

Dennis Yuen
Dennis Yuen volunteered several hundred hours of his time in various public service projects while at Temple. In the Fall of 2005, he worked at Region 3 of the Environmental Protection Agency, performing legal research, drafting documents and assisting staff attorneys with trial preparation. He spent significant time over several months assisting counsel at Pepper Hamilton with a pro bono death penalty case. Dennis also researched state and federal election and voter registration statutes while working at the Advancement Project, based in Washington, DC. He also taught high school students trial advocacy skills as part of the Temple Law Education and Participation Program. In addition to his public service contributions, Dennis was also a member of both the Environmental Moot Court Team and the Jessup International Moot Court Honor Society.

University of Pennsylvania School of Law

Mark Ladov, ‘06
Since completing an M.A. in American History at New York University, Ladov has been involved in a number of affordable housing and homelessness issues. His professional experience includes work with Housing First, a broad based coalition advocating for greater affordable housing investment in New York City. He currently works for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national intermediary dedicated to creating housing enriched with social services to help end chronic homelessness.

Katherine Minarik, ‘06
Minarik holds an M. Sc. from the London School of Economic in Social Psychology, where she studied as Thouron Scholar. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experiences include two years of business strategy consulting for McKinsey and Company in New York City. Minarik has served as the Director for Campus Program at the Feminist Majority Foundation, as the Political Director for the National Women’s Political Caucus, and as a member of the Gore/Lieberman campaign team in Florida where she coordinated women’s, youth, and senior outreach.

Eric Wolpin, ‘06
Wolpin received his B.A. in Biology from Haverford University. His summer internships included serving as a teacher for Kids Corporation Kids Camp for Low-income youth from Newark and an internship at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia where he researched issues of juvenile justice. Following graduation from Haverford, he taught high school and middle school biology in the Mississippi Delta through the Teach for America program. He developed a curriculum and implemented HIV/AID

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