Washburn Law's Joe Pilgrim Named a Student of the Year by The National Jurist

Photograph: Joe Pilgrim Robert "Joe" Pilgrim, Washburn Law, '16, has been named a "National Law Student of the Year" by The National Jurist magazine in its Spring 2016 issue. Last November, The National Jurist asked more than 200 U.S. law schools for "stories of their most devoted students with unparalleled attitudes." They received more than 100 nominations.

"Pilgrim is one of five inspiring law students from across the nation featured in the Spring issue of The National Jurist magazine," according to the article. Pilgrim, a Navy veteran, was described by faculty as “one in a million." His exceptional understanding of veterans' needs made him instrumental in organizing the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic. He ramped up student involvement and provided insight into how to approach those who have served in the military.

“One thing that continues to push me when I feel tired, frustrated, or I wonder if I’m really making a difference is this: I’m glad the veteran I’m providing legal services to did not give up when he or she may have felt the same way while defending our country,” Pilgrim is quoted in the article.

After receiving news of the recognition, Pilgrim said, "I would like to humbly thank everyone who nominated me for The National Jurist recognition, the faculty and staff at Washburn University School of Law for their support, and the Washburn Law Clinic for their undying encouragement and guidance. Washburn's approach to guided instruction focuses not only on the practice of law but also on the personal development of the students."

The story of the five inspiring law students can be found at: nationaljurist.com/content/law-students-year