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Kanstroom Receives Pro Bono Award

10/2/07--The award was announced at the Law School's Third Annual Pro Bono Day and Fair on September 27.

10/2/07--On Thursday, September 27, 2007, Boston College Law School held its third annual Pro Bono Day and Fair.  Professor Daniel Kanstroom was announced as the 2007 Faculty Pro Bono Award winner at the event for his work in immigration and human rights.   The Faculty Pro Bono award is given annually to a member of the faculty who best exemplifies the Jesuit tradition of service to others and who leads students by example to participate in law-related pro bono work. 

Professor Kanstroom is the Director of the Boston College Law School International Human Rights Program, Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and Clinical Professor of Law.  In those roles he has made multiple contributions in the field of immigration law and international human rights.  Beyond that, however, he has long served on the Board of the Directors of the PAIR Project, was rapporteur for the American Branch of the Refugee Law Section of the International Law Association and currently co-chairs a national immigration committee of the American Bar Association. In addition, Professor Kanstroom also helps to train and organize the Immigration Spring Break Trips, where students work on immigration law cases during their Spring Break period, and he has been instrumental in engaging students to use the law to improve the lives of others.

The third annual Pro Bono Day, which included a panel discussion and Pro Bono Fair, also marked the launch of the new Boston College Law School Pro Bono Program. The product of collaboration among students, faculty and administrators, the Program will facilitate students in their pursuit of pro bono activities while at BC Law, and then offer formal recognition for that work.  Recognition may include a letter from the Dean, an invitation to a reception, or an award at graduation, depending on the number of law-related community services contributed.

The Panel speakers at Pro Bono Day, including Kristy Nardone ('99), Pro Bono Coordinator at Ropes and Gray, BC Law Professor Paul Tremblay, Freda Fishman, Associate Director of Public Interest Programs, and students Jason Langberg and Emma Winger, discussed how and why to pursue pro bono work as a law student and a lawyer and the benefits of pro bono work.  The Pro Bono Fair immediately afterward included representatives from 20 organizations in the Boston area who were available to discuss pro bono opportunities for law students during the academic year.  The organizations included Shelter Legal Services, The National Consumer Law Center, and The Disability Law Center, among others.

This year's Boston College Law School Pro Bono Award will be officially presented to Professor Kanstroom at a reception on October 29, 2007.