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April 30, 2018

Charu Kulkarni Receives Oliver White Hill Award for Pro Bono Service

Charu Kulkarni of the Washington & Lee School of Law Class of 2018 has been awarded the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award.

Kulkarni, who was born and raised in south India, attended Carleton College in Minnesota where she graduated magna cum laude. She then received a masters in Social Sciences before enrolling at W&L in 2015 for law school.

David I. Bruck, Clinical Professor of Law at W&L and Director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, nominated Kulkarni and noted not only her extensive pro bono hours but her excellent legal capabilities exhibited in mock trial competitions and in actual practice, including “...winning parole for a 70-year old man who had served 40 years in prison with virtually no disciplinary infractions.”

Her other successes in law school include successfully obtaining a temporary protective order for a domestic violence survivor and immersing herself in immigration advocacy to help those who have come to the United States as immigrants.

Says Professor Bruck, “The list of her achievements may evoke an image of a hard-charging, driven extrovert. But the actual Charu is a small, soft-spoken, and self-effacing young woman. Though she speaks five languages, she listens more than speaks, and when she does offer an opinion about a problem or an issue, her words always reveal that she has carefully considered the problem from every side.”

After graduation, Kulkarni plans to continue her devotion to public service by working as an Assistant Public Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Updated: May 15, 2018