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Howard University School of Law Gives Back to the Community

Howard University School of Law Gives Back to the Community


The School of Law would like to recognize and thank the students, faculty, and staff for all of their community service efforts this year. It has been quite a semester of giving!

Feeding the Homeless
Howard law students with Interim Dean Okianer Christian Dark and Professor Rhea Ballard-Thrower, served dinner to the homeless at the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV), the largest homeless shelter in Washington, DC. The excited group of HUSL’ers convened at CCNV early on Thanksgiving morning and spent hours serving residents. The student-led effort was organized by 3L student China Dickerson, who reached out to the CCNV and recruited the law school volunteers. Dickerson said the that Center’s management was pleased to have the support of Howard Univeristy School of Law.
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This group shot of Howard Law School volunteers was taken at the Community for Creative Non-Violence on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. The volunteers, some wearing their Howard Law gear, eagerly reported for duty early on Thanksgiving morning. “I am so proud of our students for supporting such a worthwhile cause,” said Interim Dean Dark.
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Support for Breast Cancer Awareness
In October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women’s Law Students Association organized a “mastectomy pillow” project to support women suffering with breast cancer. The delicately crafted pillows were lovingly packaged by student and staff volunteers and donated to women at a local hospital.
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A mastectomy pillow.
 
Food for Those in Need
Students, faculty and staff collected, bagged up, and delivered over 500 pounds of non-perishable food items in recognition of World Food Day. The massive collection was then donated to Food2Feed, a fundraising event hosted by Howard University radio station WHUR. The donations helped Food2Feed exceed expectations and provided food for the Capital Area Food Bank and Shabach Ministries to support hundreds of families in the Washington, DC area.
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Students, staff, and faculty came together to provide food for those less fortunate.
 
Pennies for a Worthy Cause
Members of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity are at war—collecting pennies that is. Penny Wars is a spirited and friendly competition among the fraternity brothers to collect the most pennies, deposit them in large jars, and once filled, donate them to a worthy cause.

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The Penny War is on!
 
Boys II Men Girls II Women Mentor Program
A semester of tutoring and mentoring culminated in a special visit to the law school for students from Takoma Park Middle School. Howard law student mentors eagerly awaited the arrival of their 30 mentees, who were so excited to see the law campus. The Takoma Park students toured the campus buildings, met with law school deans, received free gifts, and were treated to a special lunch! The students witnessed the dedication and commitment of their mentors and got a first-hand account of Howard Law School in action.
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Student mentors and faculty mentors participated in Boys II Men Girls II Women, a mentorship program. The mentors brought more than 30 kids to the law school.
 
Holiday Care Cards for Seniors
Students in the Class of 2016 crafted dozens of holiday cards and letters to spread cheer to elderly residents in the law school vicinity. The cards and letters where then hand-delivered to residents of The Methodist Home of DC on behalf of the entire Howard law family.
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The Gospel Choir
The Howard Law School Gospel Choir treated the community to “Grateful Praise,” an inspirational concert of fellowship, love, and spiritual renewal. Students in the gospel choir dedicate hours of personal time rehearsing and perfecting each song. The choir, which is comprised of 25 second and third year law students, sang several songs, including Grateful, Awesome God, Chasing After You, and Elijah Rock. The audience of students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and family treated the choir to several standing ovations.

The spirit of giving and community service is alive and well at Howard University School of Law.