Established in 1998 by anonymous friends of the Boston College Law School to honor former law dean and congressman Rev. Robert Drinan, SJ, the award provides $20,000 over two years to a BC Law graduate setting out on a career in public-interest law.
Borger will use the award to pursue his commitment to the field of environmental justice, which he describes as "an amalgamation of civil rights and environmental law."
The 1998 summa cum laude Muhlenberg College graduate shows "an unusual degree of initiative and motivation," according to Prof. Zygmunt Plater (Law).
"[He] has brains, articulateness, and a very nice sense of humor, which complements his abilities and serious desire to wrestle with tough intellectual problems. He came to us with a strong sense of public interest idealism, and that inclination hasn't changed. He just added to it a solid bunch of professional skills and a keen awareness of the political context in which so many of these battles must be fought. He will represent us well in years to come."
Borger has researched and drafted legal memoranda for the Natural Resources Defense Council and has analyzed refugee and asylum law for Shelter Legal Services. Among his many other activities, he was awarded a fellowship to strengthen Israeli-Diaspora ties and has researched, edited and drafted sections of law review articles on international human rights law in Jerusalem.
-Law School Communications Manager Nathaniel Kenyon
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