Release: Immediate
Contact: Barbara Campanella

October 24, 2000



SPRINGFIELD, MA…The Western New England College School of Law was honored with three national awards from the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. The awards were announced at Phi Alpha Delta’s biennial convention held recently.

The School of Law’s Arthur Middleton Chapter was one of only seven law schools out of a total of 181 chapters to receive the prestigious Chapter Merit Award. It also was named best chapter in its district. These two awards recognized the chapter for its involvement in community service activities, service to the legal profession, and student oriented programs.

Jenny Desch, a student at the Western New England College School of Law and its Phi Alpha Delta Justice, received the Service Scholarship Award. She was one of only five student members of Phi Alpha Delta to receive the award, which honors individuals who exhibit outstanding dedication to the principles of the law fraternity.

Western New England College School of Law Dean Donald J. Dunn, himself a Phi Alpha Delta member, said the three awards are "wonderful examples of the volunteerism of our law students."

Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s largest legal fraternity composed of pre-law students, law students, legal educators, attorneys, judges, and government officials. It was founded in 1902 for the purpose of promoting professional competency and achievement within the legal profession. It is also the first fraternity to admit women and people of color. Almost one out of six attorneys in the United States is a member of the fraternity.

Western New England College is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, the College serves 5,100 students on its main campus and at 18 sites throughout the Commonwealth. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the College's Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Law.