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      School Presents 9th Annual MLK Service Award to Trailblazing Latina Lawyer

      By: Gabe Armando, communication studies, ’17

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      2017 MLK Service Award

      Tabatha Castro, pictured center, is honored by Delaware Law with the 2017 MLK Service Award. Castro is the first and only Latina to own a law practice in the state of Delaware.

      In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and the annual "Semester of Service" project, the Delaware Law Office of Student Affairs named Tabatha Castro the 2017 MLK Service Award winner.

      Castro, who resides in Bear, Del., is the president and managing attorney of The Castro Firm, Inc., a minority and woman-owned law firm that has been in existence since 2006. She is the first and only Latina to own a law practice in the state of Delaware. She mentors and serves on a number of nonprofit boards that work with communities in need across Delaware.

      The theme for the MLK program this year was "The Power of One."

      "Tabatha was chosen because she is an example of what each of us individually is able to accomplish for ourselves and for our community," said Nicole Barkley, assistant dean and multicultural affairs officer at Delaware Law.

      "When I received the call that I was going to be honored as this year's award recipient, I was humbled," said Castro. "Sometimes you have to look back at your accomplishments and say, 'Wow, I've done that...' I do things that are good for my community on a daily basis because it is the right thing to do, because it feels good and because I can go to bed knowing I made a difference in peoples' lives."

      Castro continues to serve her community every day by providing legal services in dependency and neglect matters to individuals who cannot afford an attorney. She contributes to Widener by offering Delaware Law students internship and employment opportunities.

      Delaware Law students who follow Martin Luther King Jr.'s lead and demonstrate a commitment to service with a "Semester of Service" project are honored at a later date at the Student Awards Ceremony and at graduation. Participating students perform at least 12 hours of community service through a designated project. They also receive credit toward a pro bono distinction and are designated as an "MLK Service Fellow."


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