Andrew Chapin, director of counseling and public interest scholars at Fordham Law’s Public Interest Resource Center, has been selected to receive the National Association for Law Placement’s Service Excellence Award.
“Andrew has distinguished himself as a NALP member in a variety of roles, and this award recognizes him for his longstanding contributions to the NALP community and his undying spirit of volunteerism,” said NALP President Mina Jefferson.
NALP is a national organization that seeks to aid lawyers and legal professionals with their career development, and to cultivate diversity within the legal field.
Chapin has held multiple positions within NALP during his 20-plus years of membership, including member of the board of directors and liaison to the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. He has advocated within the organization for the collection of data on LGBT law students and legal professionals.
“This award really honors Fordham Law,” said Chapin. “Fordham Law’s motto “In the service of others” is like the mission of NALP. PIRC exists to facilitate this motto and statistics show that we are doing a great job thanks to the support of Dean Matthew Diller, our great faculty, assistant dean of PIRC Tom Schoenherr, and of course our alumni and students, who come to law with a vision to do good and change the world for the better.”
Chapin began working at Fordham in 2004, after more than a dozen years spent advising law students and lawyers on their careers. He has worked on career development teams at both Columbia University School of Law and City University of New York School of Law.
In his position with Fordham Law’s PIRC, Chapin helps law students develop pro bono and public interest legal projects. He continues to work actively to help ensure equal employment rights for minorities in the legal profession.