BU Law’s Career Development & Public Service Office showcases pro bono service with honored alum and student organizations.
BU Law’s Career Development & Public Service Office (CDO) introduced public service opportunities to new and returning students on September 12. The annual Pro Bono & Public Service Kickoff honored the work of alum, Myron Quon (’93), with the 2018 Victor J. Garo Public Service Award. Mr. Quon’s extensive career extends across community engagement, civil rights, students’ rights, and immigration.
Created in 2007, the Garo award recognizes a BU Law alum whose work reflects the perseverance and dedication to public service demonstrated by Victor J. Garo (’65), who exonerated Joseph Salvati, a wrongly convicted man serving a life sentence for a high-profile murder. After 30 years in prison, Garo proved his client’s innocence and secured him a $31 million settlement for wrongful imprisonment—the largest award ever given to a family in a wrongful imprisonment case in US history.
Mr. Quon has had a distinguished career working in civil rights, immigration and healthcare reform in his current role as executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse and in leadership positions at organizations such as the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and Lambda Legal. He has led community coalitions, built civil rights initiatives, and litigated groundbreaking legal victories ranging from protecting the rights of students at public schools to securing asylum for immigrants fleeing persecution to ending disability-related discrimination.
Following the award presentation, students explored the many opportunities to engage in pro bono and public service work at tables with various student organizations.
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