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Posted March 3, 2011

Public Service Center’s Broaddus Wins University Student Council Award

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Andrew Broaddus is assistant director of the Public Service Center.

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Andrew Broaddus, the assistant director of the Law School’s Public Service Center, is the first-ever winner of a University of Virginia Student Council award for his work with students and student organizations.

Broaddus will receive the Leonard W. Sandridge Student Partnership Award during an April 4 ceremony in the Dome of the Rotunda. He said he’s grateful for the nomination and honored to receive the award.

“Our students constantly impress and inspire me with their level of commitment to public service work and helping the underserved,” Broaddus said. “I was actually surprised to receive an award acknowledging my work with students, as it is their commitment and service that makes my job successful, not the other way around.”

Kristin Weissinger was among the law students who nominated Broaddus, and wrote that he was the first person in the Law School administration to learn her name, and that he provided needed guidance when she was deciding between two internships.

“Anxious and stressed, I wandered into the Public Service Center without an appointment, and Andrew did not hesitate to take the time to talk to me. He was so patient and thoughtful, and I could tell he was really listening. He told me he could tell I already knew what the right choice was,” Weissinger wrote. “Fifteen or 20 minutes before, I had no idea what I was going to do, and then I left feeling confident in my choice and in my next steps. I have never once looked back, and I thank Andrew for helping me make that pivotal decision.”

Yared Getachew, the assistant dean for public service and director of the public service center, recalled in his nominating materials an instance in which Broaddus drove to the Law School during the massive snowstorm of February 2010 to field questions from students and employers about a postponed series of public service employment interviews.

“When Andrew left that day, in thanking him, I asked him why he gave so much to the Law School,” Getachew wrote. “What he said was profoundly touching and was vintage Andrew: ‘This is a tough year for our students. I want to do what I can to help them.’”

The award is named in honor of outgoing University Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard Sandridge, and recognizes “a member of the University administration who makes a positive and lasting impact on the university through: dedication to developing relationships and partnerships with students and/or student organizations,” according to a release from the Student Council.

In his capacity at the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center, Broaddus helps support students with an interest in public service. The center, in conjunction with service-oriented student groups, offers presentations about careers in public service. It also provides online resources as well as individual and group career counseling.

“We assist with placement in summer internships, fellowships and permanent positions after graduation,” Broaddus said. “We also offer a fully formed pro bono program that allows students to put their legal skills into practice and gain experience while helping others.”

Broaddus expressed his gratitude to Getachew as well as to Kimberly Carpenter Emery, the assistant dean for pro bono and public interest, and said he considers working with Law School students one of the highlights of his job.

“Without fail, the students I’ve had the opportunity to meet have been smart, dedicated and truly committed to serving others,” he said. “Being able to help them position themselves to help others is incredibly satisfying.”