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Equal Justice Works Names Fordham Law's Caroline Hsu 2008 Public Interest Law Leader

September 30, 2008

Equal Justice Works has named Caroline Hsu, Fordham Law School ’09 as this year’s recipient of its annual award for outstanding law student contribution to the field of public interest law.  The Equal Justice Works Awards are given annually to honor the outstanding public interest contributions of an individual, law school dean, law school faculty, and law student.  This year’s other honorees include former Senator George Mitchell, Harvard University School of Law Dean Elena Kagan and Georgetown University Law Center Professor Philip Schrag.

Ms. Hsu founded the Prisoners’ Rights Advocates program at Fordham Law’s Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) during her first semester of law school.   The student-run organization, now in its third year, was created upon a basic belief that people, no matter where they may be living, should be treated with a basic level of dignity.  Caroline has worked tirelessly on behalf of incarcerated individuals to protect and further their rights and to bring attention to the injustices of the criminal justice system.  

Ms. Hsu’s goal is to work to assist formerly incarcerated individuals to successfully re-enter the community.  She is pursuing a post-graduate fellowship which will focus of the rights of prisoners with learning, cognitive, and physical disabilities to access programs and supports that will provide them with the skills and assistance necessary to achieve reintegration.

Fordham Law’s PIRC is a nationally recognized, law student driven organization that mobilizes law students, both locally and nationally, to contribute their time and intelligence to public service. This year the American Bar Association honored PIRC with its Pro Bono Publico Award for public service.  Fordham is only the second law school to be so honored in the 24-year history of the award.

Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to working for equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes. Today, Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers as well as in urging more public interest programming at law schools.

Contact: Hillary Exter