IU McKinney professor honored with award for civic engagement excellence

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Lahny Silva

An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor has received the IUPUI Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.

Lahny Silva will accept the award at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation in April.

Silva is the first faculty member from IU McKinney to receive with the award, which honors faculty members on IUPUI’s campus who demonstrate high standards of civic engagement, professional service or service learning.

“It is such an honor to receive the Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement,” she said in a news release. “It is truly my privilege to serve the most vulnerable in our community and it is my only hope to instill that sense of service in my law students as they move forward in their careers.”

Silva is the director of IU McKinney’s Re-Entry Clinic, where students must be certified legal interns, work as mentors to federal probationers, and provide community outreach and legal representation in underserved areas in Indianapolis.

“(Silva) is passionate about dismantling the roadblocks to a successful re-entry into society that can keep the formerly incarcerated from making a better life for themselves and their families and from making a positive contribution to their communities,” IU McKinney Dean Karen Bravo said in the news release. “Her devotion to this work is inspirational to IU McKinney students and the entire law school community, as well as to communities throughout our city and state. I’m happy for her (that) the university recognizes its importance.”

Silva is also the faculty supervisor for the Second Chance Re-Entry Assistance Program that works with people who were formerly incarcerated.

Through that program, students provide driver’s license reinstatement assistance and help finding employment.

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