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Celebrating Public Interest at Columbia

One of Columbia Law School’s most important traditions is honoring students who have made outstanding contributions to the public interest in the preceding year.

From our pro bono service requirement to our support for work in public interest, human rights, or government, we are committed to ensuring that serving the public good is ingrained in the professional life of every student and graduate. Public Interest Honorees are students who have embraced these values to the fullest.

It is with appreciation that we recognize the 2022 Public Interest Honorees. View the full list of honorees by category.

We would especially like to celebrate the 2022 Social Justice Initiatives All-Stars, who qualified in 3 or more categories:

Terresa Adams
Anna Magdalena Bartlett van Niekerk
Ekaterina Botchkareva
Amanda Cabal
Iris Carbonel
Susannah R. Cohen
Diana Costin
Emily Drake
Raisa Elhadi
Nkechi Erondu
Adaeze Eze
Samuel Fishman
Jessica Gadea Hawkins
Daimiris Garcia
Abie Green
Jillian Farley
Maggie Hadley
Madeline Holbrook
Alison Hung
Nina Jaffe-Geffner
Danae Johnson
Ailee Katz
Hyun Kim
Kate (Kathryn) Kobriger
Bianca Larez Chavez
Geesu Lee
Jeremy R. Lee
Gus Leinbach
Angel Li
Andrew Mange
Bridgette McCoy
Anna Belle Newport
Stephanie Nnadi
Haley Rea
Rachel Rein
Kristen Schnell
Rachel Seller
Sana Shahzad
Roger Tejada
Brandon Vines
Dante Violette
Oren Vitenson