Student receives UF Law pro bono student of the year award for exceptional service
Nathan Wadlinger (3L) received the pro bono student of the year award and the pro bono certificate of highest achievement during a ceremony celebrating pro bono and volunteer student work at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Wadlinger logged more than 500 hours of pro bono work during his three years at UF Law. His work included assisting in research and drafting memos about the recent healthcare reform act; advising six local groups on tax issues; and participating with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Professor Steven J. Willis, who worked closely with Wadlinger in these projects, said, “I am confident that no other student at the law school has worked as many pro bono hours during his or her time in law school, and he is deserving of some exceptional service award.” Meanwhile, the combined total of pro bono and volunteer hours worked among 284 graduating students reached an all-time high of 13,610 hours. A total of 2,233 hours went to community service work, and 11,714 hours consisted of pro bono work. “This year’s graduating 3L students did an amazing job, ” said Christie E. Kelley, assistant director for Career Development.