Sophia Mire, J.D. '15, was honored with the 2015 Louisiana State Bar Association’s Law Student Pro Bono Award during a ceremony on May 19 at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans.
The award is given annually in Louisiana to a student from an American Bar Association-accredited law school who has demonstrated dedication to providing legal services to the poor. Mire was nominated by Davida Finger, associate clinical professor in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice.
Mire, who graduated this semester, was the recipient of the 2013 Helena Rubenstein Fellowship for Women’s Justice, given by the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. Through the center’s Ella Baker program, made possible by the fellowship, Mire served as an intern in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with the Avocates Internationaux/Institute for Justice and Democracy, the premier human rights legal organization in the country. Her work consisted of pursing legal remedies for the country following the cholera epidemic, continuing rape accountability efforts in
the internally displaced camps, and efforts for right to health care in prison facilities. She also helped to organize law students to participate in Clean Jacket Day, which helps low-income people in New Orleans obtain criminal expungements. The project is done through Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana.
"Sophia demonstrates a strong commitment to social justice and has made great contributions to the community particularly in Haiti and New Orleans,” Finger says. “Her legal skills will be an incredible asset, and I look forward to seeing all that she will continue to accomplish."