RALEIGH, N.C. - Incoming first-year student Casey Peaden has been selected to receive the Public Service Scholar Award from Campbell Law School. The award is one of three new, highly prestigious, full-tuition awards.
The Public Service Scholar Award celebrates Campbell Law’s historic commitment to educating highly competent, deeply compassionate lawyers who seek to serve others through the law. Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the scholarship will annually recognize one incoming law student who plans to practice law in service to the public.
“It is such an honor to be attending a law school with a demonstrated commitment to service,” said Peaden. “I am truly thankful to be Campbell Law’s Public Service Scholar, and I look forward to expanding my commitment to service through law school.”
A senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peaden has already immersed herself in numerous volunteer and service leadership activities, including service with UNC Hospital, Carolina Pediatric Attention, Love, and Support (CPALS), the Macedonia Christian Church youth group, and Team Expansion. She has also served in a variety of volunteer roles with recreational sports leagues in her native Bear Grass, N.C.
An internal public-service, scholarship-selection committee received an overwhelming number of highly competitive applications for this inaugural award. It selected and interviewed a pool of eight finalists, and ultimately selected Peaden for the award.
Assistant Professor of Law Lisa Lukasik, who also serves as a State Hearing Review Officer on behalf of the State Board of Education in administrative disputes involving public schools and children with disabilities, led the committee alongside Director of Student Life and Pro Bono Opportunities Beth Froehling and third-year student Anitra Brown. Froehling frequently presents on domestic violence and related issues at area continuing legal education events and is deeply rooted in the non-profit community throughout the state. Brown serves as director of the Campbell Law Pro Bono Council.
“This year’s Public Service Scholar finalists were all exceptionally talented individuals with impeccable academic credentials, genuine compassion for others, and a demonstrated commitment to public service,” said Lukasik. “Casey Peaden fit this bill and then some. Of Casey’s many impressive credentials, the selection committee particularly valued her long-term leadership role with CPALS and her unwavering individual commitment to service on behalf of those in need.”
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