Samuel T. Gomez Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Samuel T. Gomez Award Recipient: Patrick Berry!

The Samuel T. Gomez Award is presented annually by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the Asian American Bar Association of Pennsylvania to a law student who embodies, through his or her community service, Mr. Gomez’s commitment and compassion for the underserved. This award is designed to encourage and recognize outstanding and exemplary community service among law students, regardless of ethnicity, as evidenced by:

• Active participation in a legal services program;
• Advocacy on an individual and/or class action basis seeking equal access to medical care, housing, employment, and public assistance, or consumer issues, utility issues and INS issues;
• Advocacy on behalf of battered spouses and other victims of violence, and advocacy on behalf of the disabled and patients’ rights.

Because Mr. Gomez taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated from the Temple University School of Law, the award alternates between these two schools. The award is presented at the annual dinner of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, in which Mr. Gomez was an active member and through which he was an advocate for community service.

2017 Recipient 

Patrick A. Berry, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Patrick Berry is a 3L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to law school, he received his B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, where he graduated summa cum laude. During his time at Penn Law, he has served as a law clerk at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and as a law clerk at Open Primaries. This semester, in conjunction with Penn Law’s Legislative Clinic, he is interning at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program. He is also the Executive Editor of the Journal of Law & Public Affairs. After graduation, Patrick plans to dedicate his legal career to identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to voting in hopes of achieving a more just democracy—one in which all voices have the opportunity to be heard.

2016 Recipient 

Linh H. Nguyen, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

2015 Recipient 

Mary B. Jones, University of Pennsylvania Law School

About Samuel T. Gomez, Esq.

This Award was established in memory of Samuel T. Gomez, Esq., a Philadelphia attorney whose life was dedicated to serving the underprivileged, disenfranchised and abused. Mr. Gomez spent his professional career at Community Legal Services. He was actively involved in his community, working with such organizations as Asian Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs, and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office. He lectured in immigration law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and worked closely with students in the clinical program.

Above all, Mr. Gomez was a courageous, compassionate and caring person.

Donations to the Samuel T. Gomez Memorial Fund may be sent to:

Philadelphia Bar Foundation
Samuel T. Gomez Memorial Fund
1101 Market Street, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

For more information, please contact Jessica R. Hilburn-Holmes, Esq.