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Law school students embrace community service

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Molly MacCaskey painted at an animal shelter. See more photos on flickr.

More than 100 students from the Brandeis School of Law volunteered their time Aug. 14 as part of “Community Service Day,” a new, optional program offered as part of the school’s student orientation. Activities also are planned for Aug. 15.

Volunteer opportunities ranged from trash pick-up and dog walking to painting and yard work. The Student Bar Association-organized program included nine different agencies in the Louisville area.

The community service option seemed to be a welcome addition to the orientation program, said Kathleen Bean, professor and associate dean for Student Life at the law school.

“We had 109 of 142 students sign up in advance and a few added themselves after they got here,” she said.

Kristen Flocken, a first year law student from Washington, D.C. spent her volunteer time at an the Animal Care Society. She said she thought the program was a “nice” touch.

“It’s such a big part of what we are going to do later on; it seems like an important initiative,” Flocken said.

Sarah Clay, another animal shelter volunteer, agreed.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to get to know students outside of the classroom and it’s good for the law school too,” Clay said.

About a dozen volunteers donated their time to help residents of Family Scholar House, a 56-unit development that provides housing for single mothers who are trying to earn a college degree. They sorted dish detergent, mops, brooms, sponges, paper towels and similar items into 56 piles (one for each Scholar House resident) on the floor of the law school’s Cox Lounge. They later delivered the items to the facility.

Volunteers were to work Saturday with Habitat for Humanity.

Other participating agencies included Operation Brightside, St. Vincent DePaul, Animal Care Society, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Home of the Innocents, Hosparus and Masonic Homes of Kentucky.

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