Joy Dingle Named a Public Interest Champion by Roger Williams University School of Law 

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Street Law’s Joy Dingle was recently honored with the 2023 Alumni Public Interest Champion award by her alma mater Roger Williams University School of Law (RWU)

On January 27, RWU held its 20th annual “Champions for Justice” event. Over 400 people came together to celebrate and support the law school’s students, alumni, partners, and friends who have shown exceptional devotion to social justice. The evening raised essential funds to benefit the law school’s social justice programs. 

Joy Dingle is Street Law’s Senior Director of Legal Diversity Initiatives, where she leads a variety of legal diversity programs, inspiring young people to learn about the law and legal careers.

From her early days as a teacher and academic supporter to her current role as a leader in the nonprofit sector, Joy has dedicated her career to promoting access and equity. Her passion for social justice is evident in her tireless work to create opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds.

During the ceremony, Laurie Barron, the Director of the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education, presented the Alumni Public Interest Champion award to Joy.

Laurie talked about Joy’s accomplishments during law school, her determination to combine her teaching background with a legal career, and the impact she has had on the legal profession. “Thank you, Joy, for all that you have done for the next generation of law students and lawyers,” she said. 

During her acceptance speech, Joy emphasized the importance of diversity in the legal profession and called for everyone to come together to create opportunities and remove the barriers that prevent people of color from excelling and contributing. 

“There is no shortage of diverse talent,” she said. “There is a shortage of imagination and willingness to embrace change. We have the resources to make our noble profession match the demographics of our beautiful United States of America. What we need is the courage to let go of the practices and traditions that keep us from finding lasting equity and belonging. As we often say in the world of civic education: “Democracy is a verb, …and so is diversity!” 

Joy’s life is a true testament to her passion and commitment to access and equity. Her work has had a positive impact on countless students and their communities. Join us as we celebrate Joy’s accomplishments and recognize the important work she continues to do, inspiring the next generation of leaders in the legal field. 

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