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Associate Dean Carol Spruill wins Duke’s Diversity Award

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

  • Organization: Duke University School of Law

Carol Spruill
Associate Dean for
Public Interest & Pro Bono
Duke Law School

Duke University has named Associate Dean for Public Interest & Pro Bono Carol Spruill as the 2006 recepient of its Blue Ribbon Diversity Award.

The Award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to the spirit of diversity, leadership through positive interaction between persons of different cultural backgrounds, and a respect and value for differing values and points of view within the University.

A former Legal Services attorney (and former Deputy Director of Legal Services of NC), Spruill established Duke's Pro Bono Program in 1991.

"When I was a law student, Carol Spruill was a constant support to me in pursuing a job in the poverty law field … and also helped those who were going to go on to private practice," wrote John Coburn '95, an attorney with Health & Disability Advocates in Chicago. "And it is through this help that I think Carol truly makes an enormous mark. Most Duke Law graduates will go on to private practice in large firms and other prestigious positions. With these positions, these graduates can make a huge difference in their broader community. I believe the pro bono programs and other programs created and led by Carol Spruill give these current and future leaders an important experience in working with lower income individuals that they do not forget and take with them. And with these experiences, they help build policies, infrastructure, and community that include everybody."

[Click here to view article, "Associate Dean Carol Spruill wins Duke's Diversity Award," on the Duke Law website.]


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