On December 5, the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) recognized the immense dedication to pro bono work by James Renken ’07, presenting him with the 2012 Christopher Slattery Young Professional Award. The award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and is in memory of Christopher Slattery, who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.
Renken, who is the Law School’s Systems Engineer, regularly volunteers with the Civil Legal Advice and Resources Office (CLARO), the VLP’s consumer debt walk-in clinic at Kings County Civil Court. “James has volunteered over 170 hours of his time to CLARO,” said James Slattery, whose son the award is named after.
Pooja Bansal, counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, also presented Renken with a citation for the exceptional service he has provided to many Brooklyn residents.
“It was a great surprise and honor to receive the award,” said Renken. “I don't feel as if I've done anything this noteworthy. I just contributed a little of my time and attention to pro bono projects, like all lawyers ought to do.”