Coolidge Receives Pro Bono Award

Jacob CoolidgeJacob Coolidge ’16 was awarded the 2015 Montana Law Student Pro Bono Service Award. The award was presented to Coolidge on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Missoula County Courthouse.

A deserving candidate, Coolidge has donated hundreds of hours of his time working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He was instrumental in researching the ACLU’s recently released look at Montana’s jails titled, “Locked in the Past: Montana’s Jails in Crisis.” Coolidge has also served on the ACLU’s board of directors and is actively working with a committee to put together a proposal to conduct a comprehensive study of race in Montana’s criminal justice system. He plans to continue his commitment to access to justice by pursuing a career as a public defender when he graduates in spring 2016.

The Montana Law Student Pro Bono Service Award is presented annually in October to a third year law student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to public service and pro bono legal work during their law school career. The program is cosponsored by the Montana Legal Services Association and the Blewett School of Law.