Daniel Goldman ’94, a third year law student at Washington & Lee University School of Law, recently received the Virginia State Bar 2011 Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. The Hill Award is sponsored by the State Bar’s Special Committee on Access to Legal Services.
Goldman was selected as this year’s honoree because of his compelling record of personal public service commitments in addition to those required now by Washington & Lee for academic credit. He not only met his law school’s requirement for third-year law students to engage in 60 hours of law-related service, he also exceeded the Hill Award’s stand-alone criteria of an unrelated 100 hours of qualifying pro bono and under-compensated public interest law work over his law school career.
Specifically, the selection committee cited Goldman’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax clinic efforts, his leadership role in launching the Solitary Watch project of the Capital Case Clearinghouse, his capital case pro bono work, and the time he devoted to the local Innocence Project, part of a national organization to release from prison wrongfully convicted individuals.
Goldman has been invited to participate at the annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and Reception sponsored by the Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services Committee on April 12 in Hanover, Virginia.