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April 02, 2007

William & Mary Law Student Receives Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award


Maryann P. Nolan, a third-year law student at the College of William & Mary, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award by the Virginia State Bar Committee on Access to Legal Services.

Nolan performed more than 1,000 hours of uncompensated or minimally compensated public service and supervised legal work while in law school. Her projects included:

• The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, for which she visits Virginia detention centers to educate detainees about legal rights and to provide legal support services.
• The Fairfax Public Defender’s office, for which she interviewed clients, visited jails and wrote legal memoranda for the clients’ attorneys.
• An internship in Cordoba, Argentina, with the Center for Human Rights and the Environment.
• America Reads, for which she served as a tutor to Williamsburg students elementary school pupils who struggle with reading and learning English as a second language.
• The William & Mary Public Service Fund, for which she served as cochair. The fund raises and allocates money to help repay tuition loans for students who work in public service.
• The W&M Chapter of the Innocence Project, which works to exonerate convicted defendants through DNA testing.
• The Children’s Advocacy Law Society, for which she served on the board and organized panels and speakers to talk about legal issues affecting children and families.
• The W&M Honor Council, for which she served as a justice.

The Hill award, named for the attorney who led Virginia challenges to school segregation, recognizes a student’s voluntary and minimally compensated public service work. Nolan was nominated by Associate Dean Robert E. Kaplan of the W&M School of Law.

She received undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia.

The award will be presented during the VSB Pro Bono Conference May 17–18 in Richmond.

The Virginia State Bar is a government agency that regulates the legal profession and promotes the administration of justice in the commonwealth. It is an agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. It is supported through the licensing dues paid by all Virginia lawyers, and it is governed by a council of lawyers elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in Virginia.

Updated: Apr 02, 2007