Casa Cornelia, a public service law center in San Diego, recently honored a California Western student and alumna at the organization's 7th Annual La Mancha Awards.
Sarah E. Keagy '14 and 3L Rosa I. Acevedo were given Special Recognition Awards by Casa Cornelia for their pro bono work on behalf of the center, who in most cases are not in a position to afford legal services.
"They have been star players," says Casa Cornelia Associate Director Elizabeth Camarena. "Not only did they devote a lot of time to their work, but they excelled at what they did—above and beyond what they were asked to do."
"It has been a privilege to be a part of Casa Cornelia Law Center," says Acevedo. "Casa Cornelia provided an avenue for me to do what I love: practice immigration law and help my fellow women. I was very blessed with the opportunity to work for them in summer 2013 and continue working for my entire second year in law school. To be recognized for my work at Casa Cornelia is simply amazing and a great honor."
"Clerking at Casa Cornelia Law Center has not only been a valuable learning experience, but it has also been a blessing to know that my time and talent is going to good use to help people who do not have the financial means to hire legal representation," says Keagy.
California Western has a commitment to doing legal work in the community at no cost through its Pro Bono Program. During the past year, 90 students were inducted into the Pro Bono Honors Society after providing at least 50 hours of volunteer legal services to the community. Together these students documented over 11,500 hours of pro bono work.
About Casa Cornelia Law Center
Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in Southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.
Photo Courtesy of Casa Cornelia Law Center