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The Deborah L. Rhode and Father Robert Drinan Awards

The Section presented two awards at this year's Annual Meeting in San Francisco on January 3, 2001. These Awards were created to honor those who have dedicated significant efforts toward increasing access to justice through the law school environment and to inspire similiar efforts from others. The Rhode Award will be awarded annually to a full-time faculty member or Dean who has made an outstanding contribution to increasing pro bono and public service opportunities in law schools through scholarship, leadership, or service. The Drinan Award will be presented to an individual, whether full-time faculty or not, who has forwarded the ethic of pro bono service through personal service, program design or management.

A brief description of the accomplishments of this year's recipients follows:

*Professor Rhode has been a member of the faculty at Stanford Law School since 1979. She is the Director of the Keck Institute on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession. During her tenure as President of the AALS in 1998, she focused on encouraging pro bono and public service in law schools and established the AALS Commission on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities. Through her leadership, AALS has greatly expanded its commitment to these issues. Due in large part to her efforts, the AALS Pro Bono Section was established and the Pro Bono Project funded. Professor Rhode has published numerous articles in the areas of professionalism and pro bono service.

*Father Robert Drinan has been a member of the faculty at Georgetown since 1981. He is the former Dean of Boston College Law School and served in the United States Congress as a Representative from Massachusetts. He has long been an activist in the area of Human Rights, serving on the Board of Directors of the International Legaue for Human Rights, the Lawyer's Committee for International Human Rights, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, among many others. He is a prolific scholar in the areas of human rights and ethics. Father Drinan is active in the American Bar Association, currently serving as a member of the House of Delegates. He was formerly on the ABA Committee on Professionalism and on the AALS Commission on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities.