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Schepard Receives Diamond Award, Named Advisor to Honoring Families Initiative

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The Public Justice Foundation (PJF) at Hofstra Law has honored a faculty member every year since 2009 for their demonstrated commitment and dedication to public service through their work both in and out of school. NITA Program Director and Hofstra Law Professor Andrew I. Schepard is the fourth recipient of the David A. Diamond Distinguished Public Service Award.

The award is named in honor of the late professor David A. Diamond, who taught at Hofstra Law for more than 30 years in the areas of civil procedure, trial practice, family law, and public education. Learn more about the PJF.

On another note, Andy is now the advisor to the Honoring Families Initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). Honoring Families is focused on developing a model for an out-of-court alternative to in-court dissolution and child custody proceedings, as well as working to identify standards and recommendations for the in-court process. The Initiative will debut its strategic plan on the IAALS website in August.

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