Law School Recognizes 2014 Public Service Student of the Year

Graduating law student Elad Gross, JD ’14, was named the 2014 Public Service Student of the Year at a recent ceremony sponsored by the law school and the Public Service Advisory Board.

Gross was recognized for his long-standing commitment to helping youth in the St. Louis community. He serves as the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the Education Exchange Corps (EEC). Since organizing an initial service project for the program in 2008, Gross has dedicated himself to providing at-risk youths with better educational opportunities. The program places volunteers in classrooms to act as part-time teaching assistants, as well as offers a special free academy during the summer months. Although the EEC is currently only established St. Louis, Gross’ vision is to expand the organization until it is active in multiple cities in partnership with local school districts, colleges, and communities.

In addition to his work with the EEC, Gross volunteers as a high school mock trial coach at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy and serves as the vice president of the Student Bar Association. He also worked as a substitute teacher for the School District of Clayton for all grade levels and in all subjects from 2010-11. Gross  previously has received other awards for his public service work, including the Stellar Award from the St. Louis Public Schools and the 2009 Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award from Duke University.

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Other nominees for the award this year included Jen Bame, William Bradley, Aubrey Edwards-Luce, Anne Legomsky, Rebecca Morton, Mollie Stemper, Elliot Wertheim, Derek Wiseman, and Erika Wurst

In addition to Gross, more than 40 other students were honored for their commitment to public service. Mollie Stemper was recognized as the Stuart L. Oelbaum Public Interest Fellow, while Aubrey Edwards-Luce, Rebecca Eissenberg, Anne Legomsky, Alice Stewart, and Erika Wurst were honored as David M. Becker Public Interest Fellows. Geneka Latresse Holyfield was recognized as the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Clinical Law Student.

Some 32 students received the Dean’s Service Award for logging 75 hours of community service during their three years of law school. These students were Jennifer Bame, Matthew Bell, Amanda Berk, William Bradley, Jane Brownstone, Matthew Cin, Katherine Coleman, Sarah Galloway, Elad Gross, Jared Jedick, Joshua Joyce, Safia Khan, Kaytlin Kopen, Anne Legomsky, Meghan Leibold Lidster, Timothy McHugh, James Miao, Emory Moore, Rebecca Morton, Mark O'Horo, Spencer Reynolds, Raya Rivera, Erin Robinson, Meredith Schlacter, William Shim, Kristin Smith, Mollie Stemper, Eteena Tadjiogueu, Anna Tkacheva, Clint Watts, Elliot Wertheim, and Brian Yagi.

The Pro Bono Pledge Participant Award, received for completing 50 hours of public service, was presented to Aubrey Edwards-Luce, Mary Dolan, Alexis Egolf, Rebecca Eissenberg, and John Grothaus.

Brent Mueller, Spring 2014