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March 14, 2013

Washington and Lee Student Named Pro Bono Award Winner

Monica K. Tulchinsky, a member of the class of 2013 at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, is the winner of the 2013 Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award.Tulchinsky photo

The award, named for a late Virginia civil rights litigator, recognizes a law student’s commitment to uncompensated or minimally compensated pro bono work and other public service. It is bestowed by the Virginia State Bar Committee on Access to Legal Services.

In nominating Tulchinsky for the award, Mary Z. Natkin, assistant dean and clinical professor, wrote, “The faculty and administration of Washington & Lee University School of Law nominate Monica Tulchinsky … for her steadfast efforts in the public interest, her keen engagement at her uncompensated workplaces, and her outstanding contributions to the school’s public interest programs and initiatives. Her work leads us to believe she will be a lawyer of the highest caliber and committed to serving human rights.”

While a full-time third-year law student, Tulchinsky contributed 163 hours of service with Earth Rights International, where she was the fall 2012 legal and policy intern. She also has volunteered with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center on the Louisiana Appellate Review Project where she assisted by analyzing criminal case opinions. She also spent the summer of 2011 working with the International Center for Transitional Justice in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the summer of 2012 with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. She has worked with the defense team at the Guantanamo Military Tribunal and in early 2013 was a legal and policy intern with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

Tulchinsky has been chosen as a Carter Fellow for her post-graduate year. Fellows are placed according to their backgrounds and interests in various government institutions in Liberia.

At the law school, Tulchinsky is the symposium editor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. She is the founder of the Women’s Mentorship Program. She has been an executive board member of the International Law Society, the co-president of the Women Law Students Organization, and member of Black Law Students Association, and a Black History Month Committee Member.

Tulchinsky lives in Lexington, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in international politics, with minors in French and Russian, from Pennsylvania State University.


Updated: Mar 14, 2013