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February 25, 2011

Washington & Lee Law Student Wins Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Award

Daniel H. Goldman, a third-year student in the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award for his commitment to pro bono and public service projects while in law school.

The award, named for a Virginia litigator who was instrumental in dismantling racial segregation laws, recognizes a law student’s commitment to uncompensated or minimally compensated pro bono work and other public service. It is bestowed by the VSB Committee on Access to Legal Services.

Goldman, 35, has amassed over 100 hours of volunteer service during each of his three years of law school. His work includes:

•    helping to revive the Southwest Virginia Innocence Project;
•    teaching in Roanoke’s Street Law Program;
•    cofounding the W&L chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and the Middle East and North Africa Law Society;
•    preparing tax returns for low-income persons through the university’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program;
•    researching and writing about solitary confinement for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the American Civil Liberties Union;
•    serving as a student attorney in W&L’s Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse; and
•    compiling important legal decisions for the clearinghouse’s Solitary Watch program, a collaborative effort with journalists.

He also worked for a summer in a clerkship with the Public Defender Service in the District, through which he supported attorneys in three felony trials.

Goldman was raised in the District of Columbia, where he attended the Sidwell Friends School.  He earned an undergraduate degree from American University and worked for several years in the restaurant industry in New Orleans before he went to law school.

He and his wife are starting a nonprofit organization to collect and distribute books and clothing to jails, homeless shelters, and drug rehabilitation facilities. After graduation, Goldman hopes to provide indigent criminal defense in Northern Virginia.

The Hill Award will be presented April 12 at 7 pm at the historic Hanover County Courthouse, in a ceremony sponsored by the Access to Legal Services Committee.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011