On Thursday, October 28, 2010, Stephanie D’Atri was honored at the State Bar Fifty Year Lawyers Luncheon for her work in the Guardian ad Litem program while she was a third year law student last year at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law.
The statement read at the luncheon was as follows:
Stephanie D’Artri’s passion for the Guardian ad Litem program is known to everyone who knows her. She has been a volunteer Guardian herself for over five years; she drives to Charlotte once a month to visit one of her children, a severely abused little boy who was transferred to a group home there, so that he will have continuity with an adult in his life. She has also been a tireless and successful recruiter for the Guardian ad Litem program during all her time at NCCU School of Law, organizing events and bringing in speakers to promote volunteering, personally recruiting her classmates, and organizing a support group for students currently serving as volunteer Guardians.
This past year D’Atri was instrumental in establishing the Driver’s License Restoration Project, a new pro bono project initiated by NCCU School of Law alumnus and Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman. As if this wasn’t enough she founded a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, Assisting Children Through Teachers, Inc. (Project ACTT), whose purpose is to reimburse teachers for out-of-pocket classroom expenses that benefit students receiving a public education in North Carolina. More information about Project ACTT is available on their website.
Please join us in congratulating Stephanie D’Atri on this honor!