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California Western named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the 2010 academic year
California Western Again Recognized with National Community Service Award
Contributions of more than 500 students recognized by President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, only law school so honored

SAN DIEGO, May 18, 2011The Corporation for National and Community Service again honored California Western School of Law as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement, naming the law school to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2010. The award recognizes service performed during the 2009-2010 academic year. 

California Western joins 14 other California schools named to the Honor Roll with Distinction, including UC San Diego, and is the only law school recognized with distinction for both the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 terms.

"As the class of 2011 crosses the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their community and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Congratulations to California Western School of Law and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local community.”

“We are honored to receive this prestigious presidential award for the second year, and to be recognized for contributing meaningful work in the community,” said California Western Dean Steven R. Smith. “This award reflects the deep commitment to pro bono work shared by our faculty, staff, and students and I thank them for their tremendous contributions.”

California Western Students Contribute Tens of Thousands of Hours in Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service recognized many of California Western’s signature community outreach programs, including the California Innocence Project, Community Law Project, Pro Bono Honors Program, Street Law San Diego, Advanced Mediation Project, and the Clinical Internship program. More than 500 students participated in pro bono and service learning projects, contributing more than 100,000 hours of academic, internship, and community service work. 

The 2010 Honor Roll program features an emphasis on measurable outcomes, including number of individuals served and evidence of community impact. California Western served more than 2800 clients through its various outreach programs in 2010, including student tutoring, free legal services for the indigent, mediation services for juvenile detainees, and work to free the wrongfully convicted through the California Innocence Project.  

Tradition of Service

California Western values community service and the real-world experience that giving back provides students. Last year, the law school was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction and received the State Bar of California's first President's Pro Bono Service Award for a law school. Earlier this year, Professor Linda Morton received the Father Robert Drinan Award for pro bono service from the Association of American Law Schools. 

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.