Association of American Law Schools and Golden Rule Project recognize students and staff for pro bono work

Dec 19, 2023 | Students

Professor Chris Peterson, left, Avery Emery, Dr. Caisa Royer, and Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner stand near the red U Law emblem in the law school building
Professor Chris Peterson, left, Avery Emery, Dr. Caisa Royer, and Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner celebrate the Pro Bono Honor Roll recognitions

Utah Law congratulates Professor Chris Peterson, 2L Avery Emery, and Dr. Caisa Royer, director of the Pro Bono Initiative, for being named to the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2023 Pro Bono Honor Roll. This annual list recognizes students, staff, and faculty members who engage in, expand, or support their law school community by providing pro bono (defined by AALS as non-paid service to underserved individuals and groups) legal services.

Additionally, 2L Spencer Williams and 3L Ana Hacon, who were recently recognized as the top students providing pro bono service during the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Week, will receive Golden Rule Pro Bono Awards from the Golden Rule Project at the Utah Law awards dinner on April 12, 2024.

The Golden Rule Project is an organization that increases awareness and the practice of compassion, kindness, and peace by sharing the universal principle of the Golden Rule (treating others the way we want to be treated) through education, programming, and partnerships. Grants  The project has previously funded Utah Law students’ research.

Bonnie Phillips, who serves on the Golden Rule Project board, expressed gratitude for Williams’ and Hacon’s service.

“Can the Golden Rule in all of its formulations throughout all time become the measure for all action on our planet Earth? We must strive to make the world a safer place and space for all and everything, all life,” Phillips says. “What helps me most is others reminding me of my aim and wish. Our dependance on the consideration of others is not to be denied. It should be celebrated.”