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Pride Bite: NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law Earns Top National Award from ABA Law Student Division

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law has been awarded the 2017 Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Law Student Division. The honor was announced at the ABA Annual meeting in New York City held earlier this month.

ILSA officers FPThe award recognizes the efforts of the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law International Law Students Association (ILSA) Journal of International and Comparative Law, and its Bilingual component comprised of members who are fluent in two languages.

The ILSA Bilingual component was nominated for its recent expansion to include a service program called the Interpretation and Translation Assistance Program (ITAP).   The service program was created to provide resources to groups, including those who serve indigent clients or undocumented children who don’t have the ability to hire independent interpreters. ITAP members completed more than 90 pro bono hours assisting non-profits in translating legal documents and serving as asylum interviews, exceeding exceeded its goals and expectations.

“I’m very proud of our students to have achieved this prestigious award,” said Jon. M. Garon, Dean of the College of Law. “It demonstrates the commitment and leadership of our students and exemplifies the commitment to integrating community service with academic excellence.”

The Law Student Division Public Interest Award serves as a testament to Professor Judy M. Weightman of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii who, before losing her battle with breast cancer in 1998, demonstrated her passion for justice and tirelessly advocated on behalf of minorities and the poor. This national award recognizes law students and law schools who have made outstanding contributions to underrepresented groups or public interest causes outside the law school and/or in public service at the law school.