Delaney Keefe ’22 Awarded PSJD Pro Bono Publico Merit Distinction

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Villanova Law student Delaney Keefe ’22 was selected as the Merit Distinction finalist for PSJD’s Pro Bono Publico Award. The National Association for Law Placement confers the Pro Bono Publico Awards each year to a law student whose extraordinary commitment to law-related public service work contributes to the overall growth of pro bono culture within their law school and their broader community. 

Keefe was awarded the Merit Distinction because of her work surrounding the homeless encampment in Philadelphia during summer 2020. Keefe regularly brought donations, as well as created a clothing drive, constructed tents and provided basic necessities to the residents. When encampment eviction was imminent, Keefe lent her legal expertise to help draft documents to stop the eviction and to help negotiate a solution with the City of Philadelphia and the Housing Authority.

According to PSJD: “Delaney’s tireless work and commitment is a prime example of social movement lawyering, and the Award Committee is honored to recognize her as this year’s Merit Distinction Finalist.”

To read the full press release, please visit PSJD’s blog.