Widener Law recognizes student Jennifer Perez, who was recently honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, for her pro-bono service while in law school.
Perez, 26, grew up in Camden, N.J. and resides in Williamstown, N.J. She will complete her law studies and officially graduate this month. She will take the Pennsylvania bar exam in February and plans to walk in Widener Law's May 2013 commencement ceremony.
Perez spent her first law school summer, in 2010, working as Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network's Martin Luther King Jr. intern at the Community Justice Project in Harrisburg. The following summer she obtained a fellowship through the law school's Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) and worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. This past summer, she worked on pro-bono and reduced-rate employment law cases at a private law firm in Wilmington through a fellowship also obtained via PIRC.
Perez received a Law Student Outstanding Service Award at a reception hosted by the bar association and its Public Interest Section Nov. 28 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.