On Wednesday, April 17, the College of Law’s Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) held their annual service awards. This special event provided the College of Law with the opportunity to recognize the outstanding pro bono and community service work that our students and alumni are doing in the Chicagoland community.
This year, PBCSI was proud to honor alumna Nicole Onorato (’04) with the 2019 Pro Bono Alumni Award. Nicole is a partner at Beattie Freeman Onorato Family Law Group and a dedicated pro bono attorney with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC). Nicole’s work at DVLC involves working directly with victims of domestic violence, helping clients file emergency orders of protection and representing them at subsequent court hearings.
In addition to honoring Nicole, PBCSI recognized 41 law students for their service over the academic year. These students volunteered thousands of hours to support many of PBCSI’s programs, including the 1L Service Day, PBCSI Donate-A-Days and the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project. Furthermore, they volunteered with PBCSI’s legal aid community partners to further expand DePaul Law’s pro bono presence in our community. In all, the reception was a wonderful showcase of the ways our law students and alumni are putting the Vincentian mission of service into action.
“It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such services as quickly as possible.” – St. Vincent DePaul