Cassie Grainge received an Outstanding Service Award from the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Dec. 6.
The 3L is president of the law school’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild who launched an incentive program at the law school to encourage students to attend and engage in activities programmed by faculty and student advocacy organizations.
The award recognized Grainge for a range of activities she has undertaken as a student, including co-founding the Refugee Access Center at Snyder Avenue Congregational Church. She co-chaired the inaugural planning committee for the 2018 Liberty and Justice: Moving from Some to All, a daylong conference that explored barriers to justice faced by women, immigrants and many criminal defendants. She is chairing the planning committee for the 2019 conference.
Grainge has focused on public interest law throughout her studies, completing work with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Los Angeles County Public Defender Office, HIAS and the Juvenile Law Center.