The members of the recently graduated Class of 2017 demonstrated a deep commitment to pro bono work during their three years at Hofstra Law, collectively contributing 75,625 hours of service, or an average of 318 hours of service per student.
Of the 238 graduates, 49 percent engaged in pro bono work, and nearly all of these 116 students qualified for a Public Service Award, with 16 students serving over 250 hours (bronze award), 10 students over 500 hours (silver) and 86 students over 750 hours (gold).
The five students who contributed the most pro bono hours were Sean Brucker, 1,959 hours; Tara Kumar, 1,927 hours; Gregory Balkam, 1,635 hours; Samantha Blecher, 1,600 hours; and Cameron Catrambone, 1,573 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