Stanford Law School
Nomination Materials for
Deborah L. Rhode Public Interest Award
Stanford Law School has established the Deborah L. Rhode Public Interest Award to be
awarded annually to a graduating J.D. student or team of students who has demonstrated
outstanding nonscholarly public service during law school. These materials describe the nature
and purpose of the award, the nomination process and the selection criteria. A nomination form
• The Deborah L. Rhode Public Interest Award recognizes graduating students whose
activities have resulted in outstanding contributions to underrepresented groups or public
interest causes outside of the Law School; and/or outstanding public service within the
Law School. Preference is given to local activities. Projects need not be law-related but,
in the event of a tie, preference will be given to law-related projects.
• The award is in the amount of $3,000. It may go to a single student or to a team of
students, but all members of the team must be graduating third-year law students.
Individuals and teams may be nominated by other students or by faculty.
• The award is given on the basis of merit; thus, all graduating third-year students who
meet the award criteria, regardless of financial need, are eligible.
• The nomination must include a written statement of no more than 2 pages describing the
public service that the student or team has initiated or furthered during law school. The
statement should be written, signed and dated by the nominator(s). Nominees may also
submit no more than 3 brief letters of endorsement, not to exceed 2 pages each.
• Nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria: (1) demonstrated commitment to
long-term institutional vision and change; (2) depth and breadth of activities; (3)
demonstrated initiative and leadership; (4) demonstrated mentoring of fellow students to
serve the public good.
• Nominations for the award will be reviewed and the recipient(s) selected by the Public