Remy Krumpak believes in helping people who need it the most. In his first two years of law school, he has devoted hundreds of hours to serving as an advocate for the homeless and recruiting fellow law students to do the same. For his efforts, he was the only law student selected this year to receive a 2012 Pro Bono Award at Public Counsel's Annual Pro Bono Awards Reception in July.
A third-year student in the JD/MBA program, Krumpak has been president of the Homelessness Prevention Law Project (HPLP) at Southwestern (formerly the General Relief Advocacy Program, or GRAP) for two years. Thanks to his efforts, HPLP has approximately 30 full time volunteers who provide about 1000 hours of pro bono service annually.
Krumpak was instrumental in continuing and building on the success of Public Counsel CARES (Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services) at Southwestern. He first became involved with the CARES program as a summer clerk at Public Counsel, and he has grown into a leader who took other Southwestern students into LA County social service offices to provide front-line advocacy for people struggling with poverty or homelessness. While he will be spending the 2012-2013 academic year pursuing the MBA portion of his concurrent degree at The Drucker Graduate School of Management in Claremont, Krumpak will continue as HPLP's president to lead fellow student volunteers.
Krumpak also participated in the Street Law Clinic at Southwestern. "I am proud of Remy and delighted that he received this honor from Public Counsel in recognition of his ongoing work with the CARES project as he is truly committed to helping homeless individuals in our community," Professor Laura Cohen, Director of the Street Law Clinic and Community Outreach, said. "Remy has demonstrated strong leadership in serving this population, and I look forward to his continued involvement in public service."
In addition to his rigorous academic schedule, Krumpak works in the Law Library and regularly participates in Southwestern's Teen Court Program. He hopes to use his dual degrees to do something socially minded.
"Public Service is a part of life. That's what I want to get across. It's something we all have to commit ourselves to in some regard," Krumpak said. "Public Counsel has the best combination - people who are interested in doing public service and who are also extremely intelligent and qualified attorneys. I'm most proud of building a strong foundation of students at Southwestern who are also committed to public service."
The largest pro bono office in the nation, Public Counsel annually delivers more than $85 million of free aid to low-income clients and addresses systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy. With the help of more than 5,000 pro bono attorneys, law students and volunteers, Public Counsel serves more than 30,000 clients each year. Click here for more information about Public Counsel CARES.