The members of the recently graduated Class of 2015 demonstrated a deep commitment to pro bono work during their three years at Hofstra Law, collectively contributing 75,130 hours of service.
Of the 280 graduates, 42 percent engaged in pro bono work, and nearly all of these 117 students qualified for a Public Service Award, with 22 students serving over 250 hours (bronze award), 10 students over 500 hours (silver) and 77 students over 750 hours (gold).
The five students who contributed the most pro bono hours were Julia Elmaleh Sachs, 1,806 hours; Ben Gerson, 1,799 hours; Damore Ramwa, 1,677 hours; Carolyn Kim, 1,451 hours; and Allison Flood, 1,378 hours.
Hofstra Law students’ pro bono work consisted of public service, performed under the supervision of a licensed attorney or faculty member, with:
• Nonprofit organizations, including Hofstra Law clinical programs, that provide legal representation to individuals or groups who are underserved, underrepresented or of limited means
• Municipal, state or federal government agencies, legislative bodies or court systems
• Attorneys providing legal services free of charge or at a significantly reduced cost
• Hofstra Law student groups that advocate on behalf of clients or provide legal education