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Kevin G. Murphy '16 is being honored as one of the top law students in the U.S. for his work as president of Albany Law School's Pro Bono Society.
Murphy was recently selected by
The National Jurist as one of 25 J.D. candidates in its inaugural "Law Student of the Year" feature. The magazine said it solicited 200-plus law schools across the nation for stories of students who displayed extraordinary character, leadership, attitude, and devotion.
The publication lauded Murphy for his influence on campus and service to the Capital Region. As president of the Pro Bono Society, Murphy has logged hundreds of pro bono hours and managed more than 20 student-led projects, including Albany Law's popular service days — Senior Citizens' Law Day, Veterans' Law Day, Special Needs Planning Day, and the groundbreaking LGBT Law Day — which are held to provide free legal services to underrepresented members of the community.
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"Needless to say, a great deal of planning and organization goes into these events. Kevin has worked tirelessly to make each of these days a success," Pro Bono Coordinator Patrick Barnett-Mulligan told
The National Jurist. "From meeting with attorneys to develop workshop programs, to fundraising, to sweating all the tiny details, Kevin has done an outstanding job."
Murphy was also praised for his work with the International Refugee Assistance Project, an organization dedicated to providing representation to refugees seeking resettlement.
Murphy earned his B.B.A. in Management-Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame and has served as Pro Bono Society president at Albany Law since the start of his 2L year. He will graduate this May with Pro Bono Honors.