UNC School of Law professor Richard Rosen '76 is the recipient of the seventh annual Ned Brooks Award for Public Service, awarded by the Carolina Center for Public Service and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Service and Engagement at its annual service awards ceremony on April 17. The award is named for Brooks, a faculty member and administrator at Carolina since 1972, and recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and promoted the involvement and guidance of others.
Rosen was recognized for his promotion of justice and the preparation of the next generation of lawyers for conscientious and zealous advocacy within the judicial system, especially through his advocacy of the law school clinical experience, which gives students practice experience while at the same time serving a real need for legal representation by low-income families. Rosen is founder of the UNC Innocence Project. Previous honors include being the 2006-2007 Pro Bono Faculty Member of the Year and the 2008 Thomas Paine Award.
Rosen became the first supervising attorney in the Criminal Law Clinic at UNC, and now teaches criminal law and procedure. Rosen received a Fulbright Fellowship for the 1995-1996 academic year, under which he taught at the University of Asmara, Eritrea. He has written in the areas of criminal law and capital punishment.
The Carolina Center for Public Service leads the University's engagement efforts and service to the state of North Carolina and beyond by linking the expertise and energy of faculty, staff and students to people in need.
-April 17, 2009