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Law School Public Service and Legal Service Awards

The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service &
The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service

The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy is pleased to present the The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service each year to a graduating Law School student whose goal is to pursue a career in public service. Mr. Rose was one of Pennsylvania’s most esteemed leaders in legal, political, and civic affairs at all levels and a longtime advisor to Governor Thornburgh.  Mr. Rose, who passed away on July 20, 2012, was a partner at the law firm of Rose, Schmidt, Hasley and Disalle for two decades and later served as a director and executive committee member of the Cohen and Grigsby law firm from 1989 to 2009.  Beyond his tireless service in the legal community, his political advice was immensely valued.  He was a mentor and counselor to Governors Tom Corbett, Tom Ridge and Dick Thornburgh, who was his classmate at Yale University and with whom he studied at the Pitt School of Law.

Mr. Rose also served on the Pitt Board of Trustees for 26 years, where he contributed to the Executive, Audit, Budget, Compensation, Health Sciences, Institutional Advancement, and Nominating committees, and he served on the Boards of Visitors of the School of Law, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and the Learning Research and Development Center.  In addition to receiving the Trustee Medallion for his contributions on the Pitt board, Mr. Rose was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Bicentennial Medallion of Distinction.

In tandem with The J. Evans Rose Prize for Public Service, The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service is awarded annually to a graduating Law School student who has provided legal assistance to low-income individuals through a legal services organization while in law school and intends to continue in such service. 

Dick Thornburgh graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1957. The Class ‘57 is a remarkable group many of whose members went on to become judges, educators, and high-profile attorneys.  Of those dedicating their careers to public service, the most well-known is Dick Thornburgh -- former two-term Pennsylvania Governor and Attorney General of the United States serving both Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.  Dick Thornburgh, early in his career, made the decision to accept the challenges of legal services as well, serving as an incorporator and charter Board Member of Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Pittsburgh.

These awards will be granted to outstanding graduating law students each year.

The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service, will be presented to a student whose goal is to pursue a career in public service.   

The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service, will be presented to a student who has worked in the field of legal services for low-income individuals through a legal services organization while in law school and intends to continue on this career path. 

The selection process and criteria for each of these one-time financial awards of $4000 is determined by the Dean of the School of Law in consultation with Mr. Thornburgh.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 awards:

Neil Devlin - The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service

Bethany Fisher - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service

Hannah Shaffer - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service

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Past award recipients are as follows:

Casey Martinez - The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service - 2015

Elizabeth Cook - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2015

David Coogan - The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service - 2014

Elizabeth Orton - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2014

Marco Attisano - The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service - 2013

Jennifer Saint-Preux - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2013

Joanne Kilgour - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2012

Max Walko - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Public Service - 2012

Jillian Wein – The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2011

Amanda Meighan – The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2010

Julia Moore – The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2009

Melissa Pansiri - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2008

Richard Fuschino, Jr. - The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service - 2007

Application process is closed until 2017.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility Requirements for The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service:

  1. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2017.
  2. Has worked in the field of public interest while in law school and intends to continue in this career path.
  3. Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to public service.

Eligibility Requirements for The Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service:

  1. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2017.
  2. Has worked in the field of legal services for low-income individuals through a legal services organization while in law school and intends to continue in this career path
  3. Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to legal service

To apply:

  1. Submit a cover letter indicating post-graduation plans along with interest and commitment to public and legal assistance services.
  2. Submit a resume to the Law School Financial Aid Office no later than: Date TBA

The J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service and The Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service will each be awarded in the amount of $4000 after commencement.

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In the photo above: Dean Willliam Carter, Bethany Fisher, Hannah Shaffer, Neil Devlin, Edward McCord. 2016