Widener Law student receives pro bono honor
Public Relations - Published: December 16, 2009
DelPinoDamiano300pxWidener University School of Law congratulates student Damiano “Dom” P. Del Pino, who was recently honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Del Pino, a third-year law student in Widener’s extended division, received the student pro bono service award given by the association’s public interest section. The association honored one student from each of the Philadelphia region’s law schools at a dinner Dec. 2 at the Loews Hotel in center city. Del Pino studies and lives on Widener’s campus in Wilmington, Del.
He grew up in Toms River, N.J. and is the son of Carlos and Marilyn Del Pino of North Attleboro, Mass.

Sydney Howe-Barksdale, director of the Public Interest Resource Center on Widener’s Delaware campus, nominated Del Pino for the honor. He has volunteered countless hours with the New Jersey State Superior Court’s Child Placement Review Board, Juvenile Conference Committee and has served as a Juvenile Court arbitrator and Family Court mediator.

Del Pino has volunteered at Delaware’s Veterans Administration hospital in Elsmere and has taught financial literacy programs to children at the Wilmington Latin American Community Center and at Nehemiah House in Wilmington. He has also coordinated drives for clothing, books and other materials for the VA hospital and rest home through his role as president of Widener’s Military Law Society. He has regularly volunteered as a notary public in New Jersey for the American Bar Association-sponsored program “Wills for Heroes” and he has judged many moot court and mock trial competitions.

“Law students have rigorous study schedules that allow them precious little free time, but Dom has demonstrated his commitment to community service by prioritizing these worthy causes into his day,” Howe-Barksdale said. “He embodies the Widener Law spirit of civic engagement and I’m certain he is going to make a terrific lawyer.”

Del Pino will graduate in May 2011. He wants to practice family law.