A Celebration of Public Service

About the Program

The Public Service Awards Ceremony will recognize graduating students, alumni, and faculty members who have made considerable public service contributions. The ceremony will include a speech by our keynote speaker, Judge Margarita López Torres. While #FreeBritney brought global attention to guardianship cases, Judge López Torres has worked for over a decade to bring the highest ethical standards to all the cases before her, built on her decades of experience working in the public interest and advocating for reform. We are honored to have Judge López Torres as our keynote to share her thoughts from the bench as well as her wisdom for future attorneys.


Distinguished Commitment to Public Service Award

Judge Margarita López Torres
Surrogate Judge for Kings County Surrogate's Court in the Second Judicial District of New York

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Tina Davis
Principal Surrogate’s Court Clerk and Supervisor of the Guardianship and Adoptions Department in the Kings County Surrogate’s Court

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Karen Lin ’95
Court Attorney-Referee in Kings County Surrogate’s Court

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Members of the Class of 2022

Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service

Claudia J. Werman Connor ’88
Managing Director of Strategic Development Priorities, Save the Children

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Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service

Debra Bechtel
Associate Director of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School

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Staff Award for Excellence in Public Service

Florence Attino
Associate Director of Financial Aid; Director of the Public Service Grant Program, Brooklyn Law School


Sponsored by the Public Service Law Center


By Invitation Only