MONTGOMERY, Ala. –  One of Thomas Goode Jones School of Law’s most recent graduates, Lauren James, was recently awarded the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award for her extensive public service work.

The award for the Law Student Category was presented to James (Faulkner Law C/O 2019) at the Alabama State Bar Meeting in July. James is also an alumna of Faulkner University. 

James finds that service to others and her community is one of the highest callings of being a lawyer.  Pro bono service provides free legal aid to low-income people needing assistance with basic necessities.

“The legal profession is one that calls upon lawyers to render service,” James said. “Serving others is the essence of being a lawyer. When I serve, I get the privilege of walking alongside someone and helping them during their time of need.”

James has participated in numerous public service and pro bono activities during her three years at Faulkner Law, reporting more than 340 service hours. She volunteered with both the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program. She provided assistance at the bi-monthly legal assistance clinics and the divorce clinic sponsored by the Montgomery VLP, as well as for the Selma Legal Assistance Clinic and the Disaster Legal Assistance Hotline for the Alabama State Bar VLP. 

James was a law student member of the Pro Bono Celebration Task Force assisting in the development and implementation of law student-centered Pro Bono Month events. While in law school, she was an active member of the Jones Public Interest Law Foundation, assisting with its many activities, including its annual Bid for Justice Auction to raise money for public interest summer stipends.

“The pro bono award is particularly special because it emphasizes serving those who do not otherwise have access to justice. Pro bono service is a promise to help those who are overlooked or left behind,” James said. “It is a lifelong commitment to obtaining justice for all people.”

(Lauren James stands with other award winners after receiving the Pro Bono Award. Photo credit, Alabama State Bar)

About the Alabama State Bar

The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official statewide organization of lawyers in Alabama. Since 1923, when the Alabama State Bar was created by an act of the legislature, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice, and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.

About Faulkner

Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored not only by intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to six colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, Faulkner Law and the College of Health Sciences. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile along with online degree programs.

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