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Temple Law Students Honored by Bar Association for Pro Bono Service

The Philadelphia Bar Association has recognized three members of the Class of 2013 with the Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Pro Bono Distinction.  Catherine Anderson, Eleni Papademetriou Belisonzi, and Emma Touhy all received the honor at the June 2013 quarterly gathering of the bar association.

Catherine Anderson, an evening student, performed more than 100 hours of pro bono service while maintaining a full time position as a legal assistant at the Legal Clinic for the Disabled.  She monitored elections with the Committee of Seventy, assisted homeless clients at St. Francis Inn with the Homeless Advocacy Project, and volunteered as a Legal Services Coordinator at Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.  In addition to school, work, and pro bono service, Catherine also volunteered regularly with Philly AIDS Thrift.

Eleni Marina J OConnorEleni Papademetriou Belisonzi (pictured at left with retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Professor Marina Angel), a Victim Witness Coordinator at the Philadelphia District Attorney's office before law school, continued her commitment to public service and pro bono as a law student.  She spent her first summer representing clients in unemployment compensation hearings at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and later supervised other students as a volunteer.  Eleni then returned to victim advocacy, working as an intern at Women Against Abuse Legal Center and as a student attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.

Emma Touhy, fluent in French and basic Arabic, has spent her law school career advocating for immigrants and the incarcerated.  After serving as both an intern and volunteer with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project in her first year, she spent her second summer working for the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, where she assisted clients with VAWA applications and U visas. Emma then advocated for asylees as a student attorney with Temple's Immigration Clinic at the Nationalities Service Center throughout her third year.

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