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      Emeritus Professor Thomas J. Reed Wins Delaware Governor Volunteer Award

      Tom Reed, Delaware Governor Volunteer Award

      Emeritus Professor Thomas J. Reed

      Delaware Law Emeritus Professor Thomas J. Reed has won the Paul Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, given through the 2016 Delaware Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards program. This is the most prestigious award the program bestows.

      Reed has contributed free legal work to 14 Delaware nonprofit organizations since 1994, but his nomination placed the greatest emphasis on his service to U.S. veterans through the Veterans Law Clinic at Delaware Law School. When Reed founded the clinic as a program through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services in 1997, it was the first of its kind in the country. He represented 108 Delaware clients from then until the program gained clinic status in 2006.

      Reed has logged 902 volunteer hours in free legal service to veterans through the clinic since he retired from teaching and began serving as clinic director in 2010. His commitment to veterans and the clinic's pro bono service has been profound. The clinic has recovered more than $9 million in benefits owed to U.S. veterans.

      Reed will receive the award at a dinner hosted Oct. 19 at Dover Downs Hotel.


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