The Chicago-Kent College of Law Public Interest Awards is the premier annual event for students, alumni, and community partners who have shown true commitment to volunteer service. Typically held at the Conviser Law Center in Spring, the PIA honors students who have dedicated hundreds of hours of their time; features alumni speakers who are leaders in their fields; and recognizes outside organizations that have worked closely with Chicago-Kent.
The event’s signature honor is the Ronald W. Staudt Public Interest Partner Award, which goes to a community partner that has shown remarkable commitment to Chicago-Kent and has provided unique and/or ongoing opportunities to its students.
The event celebrates Chicago-Kent students who have received their J.D. Certificate in Public Interest Law; those who have volunteered at the college’s Constitutional Democracy Project and Patent Hub; those who have received Justice Stevens Public Interest Fellowships; and environmental Alvin H. Baum Fellowships.
Students who have completed over 50 hours of volunteer service are recognized with Chicago-Kent Certificates of Service, and those who have completed over 250 hours are recognized with the Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award. A single student is also recognized for Outstanding Pro Bono/Community Service Leadership.