Law Day had a happy ending for one law student at the close of a Law Day program that pitted Hollywood against “reality.”
University of Richmond law student Tiffany Ford, pictured at right, is the winner of the first annual public-interest stipend offered by the Richmond chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.
Ford plans to work on “health equity issues” at the Virginia Department of Health this summer. Originally from Richmond, Ford became interested in public policy issues related to health equity when she lived in a low-income neighborhood in New York City, and saw the limited options residents had for following a healthy diet. A rising 3L, Ford expects to receive her law degree and a master’s in public administration in 2010.
VWAA president-elect Chandra Lantz, pictured at left, assisted in presentation of the Richmond chapter’s public interest internship award at the close of a “Hollywood v. Reality” CLE presentation by Darrel Tillar Mason and UR deputy library director and professor Joyce Manna Janto. Mason and Janto picked apart ethical dilemmas in cinematic portrayals of women lawyers.
Virginia State Bar executive director Karen Gould praised Mason as the “quintessential bar volunteer,” who devotes time to UR’s legal clinic as well as to the VSB.
Denise Carl, career services director at UR law school, spoke about the growing interest in public service. Since 2005, when the law school awarded only 17 public interest stipends for summer work, the program has grown to fund 54 students this year.
By Deborah Elkins