EPIC, Law Students Receive Awards for Leadership, Service
Emory Law students’ meaningful public service work was recognized in April during Emory University’s campus-wide awards ceremony for leadership, service and diversity.
The Emory Public Interest Committee was named student organization of the year. The award goes to an organization that reflects the university’s mission and makes outstanding contributions to the Emory or greater Atlanta community through its programs, activities, and events.
EPIC was founded by Emory Law students in 1989. Through fundraising, the group provides summer grants so students may accept jobs that afford valuable public interest experience. In 2012, EPIC awarded 36 grants for Emory Law students to work for groups including the Georgia Innocence Project, the American Civil Liberties Union and several public defender’s offices.
“While we are thrilled to receive this accolade, there is still a lot of work to do before the end of this academic year,” said members of EPIC’s student executive board. “More than 70 students applied for an EPIC grant this year, but based on current funding, EPIC can only fund grants for 32 students. We’d ask you to consider contributing now, to fund more public interest projects for Emory Law students.”
Martin Bunt 14L and Rachel Erdman 14L received the Trailblazer Award for their work to launch Emory Law’s new Volunteer Clinic for Veterans, which represents servicemen and women in benefits’ cases, including those for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. Bunt was also named Graduate Student Government Association President of the Year.
Kioceaia Stenson 14L received The Dr. Herman L. Reese Community Service Award for service to the Emory community and significant contributions to Emory and Atlanta’s African American community. In 2012, Stenson received an EPIC summer grant (funded by the Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation) to work with the Georgia Innocence Project.