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Temple Law Grad Wins Pennsylvania Bar Association's Inaugural Law Student Pro Bono Partner Award

AlstonThe Pennsylvania Bar Association presented Andrew Alston '13 its first Law Student Pro Bono Partner Award on Friday, November 1, 2013 in a special ceremony at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Alston, who graduated from Temple Law in May 2013, worked at the Defender Association for six years as a paralegal and is now an Assistant Public Defender. He was presented with the award by Chief Defender Ellen Greenlee (pictured) and PA Bar Pro Bono Coordinator David Trevaskis.

Alston's nomination noted that "his whole reason for going to law school was to serve the most needy of our fellow Pennsylvanians," a task he has been working on
since he was a college student.  The range of Alston's activities as a Temple Law student, from programs in the Philadelphia Traffic Court to work with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, show his commitment and underscore the significant contribution law students can make to accessing justice for the poor.  Alston has worked with felons re-entering society and with veterans facing a wide variety of
legal issues.  He has also volunteered for public education programs run by both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Trevaskis noted that "At a time when we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gideon but finding much more needs to be done on both the criminal and civil sides of the law to realize the promise of that case for access to justice for all, Alston's example is an inspiring rebuttal to the cynics who claim there is nothing we can do to change the
picture."

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