By: Olivia Klein
The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) is proud to celebrate Sheryl Dickey, Attorney Advisor for the LL.M. Pro Bono Program, as she receives the 2019 Harvard Heroes Award. Sheryl has a been an integral part of the OCP office since she joined Harvard Law School (HLS). She is incredibly deserving of this recognition.
Sheryl joined HLS in 2013. She received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, and she later earned her LL.M. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. For several years, Sheryl worked as a litigator with White & Case LLP where she also represented several pro bono clients on matters related to family law and social security benefits. Sheryl went on to spend five years at Vermont Law School, serving first as a Clinical Fellow in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) and then as an Assistant Professor, Acting Director and Consulting Attorney in the Clinic.
At OCP, Sheryl is a strong resource for HLS students interested in law firm pro bono work. She advises LL.M. students interested in in-house clinics, externships, and pro bono opportunities and provides J.D. students with general clinic advising. She has also been a leader on a range of special projects, including the development of an online ethics tutorial in collaboration with clinical faculty and the HLS Library and helping organize the HLS in the Community Event in April 2018 as a part of the HLS Bicentennial Celebration.
Sheryl’s thoughtful, attentive, and cheerful nature has made her an incredible asset to the office. In her glowing nomination, Lisa Dealy, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, noted that Sheryl is “incredibly smart and detail-oriented . . . full of creative ideas and proactively addresses issues before they become problems.” Assistant Dean Dealy also stated that Sheryl is a “natural collaborator, facilitator, and innovative problem solver,” and is sought out as a teammate from others across departments. “Sheryl is the epitome of excellence in everything she does,” Assistant Dean Dealy exclaimed.
In response to receiving this award, Ms. Dickey stated, “I am deeply honored to receive this award. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with an outstanding team at OCP and across the law school to help students gain practical experience while also serving the community.”
The Harvard Heroes program celebrates high-performing staff across every school, recognizing them for their dedication and accomplishments each school year. Nominated by their departments and peers, these staff members exemplify the best that Harvard has to offer in qualities such as leadership, service, teamwork, and innovation. Only 60 Heroes are named university-wide each year, making it an honor of great prestige.
The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs extends its warmest congratulations to Sheryl!