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At the National Association for Public Interest Law’s annual dinner on Oct. 20, Executive Director David Stern told how board member Eldon “Took” Crowell makes his presence known when he visits the office. ” ‘Attention!’ you scream at the top of your lungs,” he said. It wasn’t a criticism. Stern told the story to illustrate one of the three things that he loves about Crowell (the others are friendship and enthusiasm), who was getting an award for public service. Stern said that Crowell was the first to agree to have his law firm, Washington, D.C.’s Crowell & Moring, sponsor a fellow of the organization. The fellowships, given to recent law school graduates, have grown from seven in 1993 to 145 this year. At the Oct. 20 dinner in Washington, the public interest group also gave awards to: � The Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern University School of Law, named public-interest advocate of the year. Since 1987, the center’s leaders have helped exonerate and release nine innocent men sentenced to death in Illinois, which played a role in Governor George Ryan’s moratorium on executions in January. � Vu “Tony” Anh Dinh, a University of Houston Law Center student who helped develop an outreach program to Vietnamese and deaf people. � Alison Hillman, an American University Washington College of Law student honored for research and advocacy on the impact of petroleum exploitation in Guatemala’s Mayan Biosphere Reserve. She also learned of 10 environmentalists who were to be executed, two of whom subsequently were. Hillman met with lawyers from the Center for Justice in International Law to generate interest and protection for the individuals. � Scott Cameron, a University of Utah College of Law student who helped found a project to assist the homeless that led to a sixfold expansion of legal services through the school’s Street Law Project. � Dean Claudio Grossman of the American University Washington College of Law, for nurturing public service on campus. He expanded the school’s clinics, established a public service program and hired staff committed to public service. � The Wake Forest University School of Law Public Interest Law Organization. It was recognized for its organizing of law students to work on community service projects during their first week of law school.

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