Baylor Law student Brittany V. Wray has won the 2012 Law Student Pro Bono Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission.
The award recognizes a law student whose pro bono work has made a significant impact on the community and reflects a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations.
"Brittany's passion for supporting Legal Aid efforts in Texas is exceptional," said Judge M. Katherine "Katie" Kennedy, chair of the commission's awards committee. "As a Texas Access to Justice intern, her personal commitment to the Lone Star Legal Aid office in Angelton is deserving of recognition. Her hours of dedication to Texans in need of civil legal aid is not only a model for other law students in Texas, but also one that will guide her throughout her legal career."
There is a tradition of public service in Wray's family; both of her parents are Legal Aid attorneys.
"I have been involved with Legal Aid since I was a kid," said Wray, a third-year student. "My parents are both Legal Aid, so ever since I was tiny I would go with my Mom to clients' houses or different events. I was so excited when I heard I had won this award, and very honored."
Wray's concentration is in estate planning and during the summer she worked in that area with Legal Aid dealing with wills, competency and guardianship hearings.
Wray, 24, was given her award at the New Lawyer Induction Ceremony held at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Nov. 12. In addition, Wray received a $2,000 stipend in recognition of her efforts.
This was actually Wray's second summer working as a Texas Access to Justice intern. She said that what she has learned at Baylor Law School has been invaluable to her pro bono work.
"Baylor has instilled in us the message of serving our community," she said. "When I was working at Legal Aid my first summer, it just reminded me of that message. It inspired me to put everything into my internship."