March 13, 2012
Street Law, Inc. is proud to announce the recipient of its 2012 Chesterfield Smith Award—the Robert F. Kennedy Family. The award, which is Street Law’s highest honor, will be presented at the Street Law Awards Dinner on April 25, 2012, in Washington, DC. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will accept the award on her family’s behalf.
In 1968, the Kennedy family founded a living memorial for Robert F. Kennedy. The memorial evolved into the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and today is among the world’s leading international human rights organizations.
The RFK Memorial and RFK family were instrumental in the growth and success of Street Law. During Street Law’s founding years in the early 1970s, the RFK Memorial funded three staff leaders through fellowships and provided initial program funding and networking that enabled Street Law programs to be replicated in cities across the United States.
Street Law also received financial support from funds raised by the Robert F. Kennedy Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournaments, where Senator Ted Kennedy took a liking to Street Law. In 2006, during John Roberts’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Roberts mentioned his work with Street Law when asked about his pro bono activities. Senator Kennedy enthusiastically responded: “That Street Law program is a marvelous program. I commend you for your involvement in that.”
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend taught Street Law as a law student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Then, as deputy assistant attorney general during the Clinton Administration, Kathleen supported Department of Justice efforts to educate underserved youth populations about the law. During this time, Street Law was part of DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Youth for Justice consortium and developed law-related education programs and curriculum targeting youth in the juvenile justice system, pregnant and parenting teens, and school resource officers.
Street Law is deeply appreciative of the support provided by the Kennedys over the years. We are happy to share with the RFK Center and the RFK family a firm belief in empowering individuals with knowledge, skills, and resources to change the world for the better.
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