Cleaning, fixing up classrooms, and providing essential items to the local community. These aren’t typically activities that show up on a law school class syllabus, but those activities are nonetheless an integral part of Catholic Law's long tradition of dedication to service. The Law School’s mission of service helps to provide students with the opportunity to grow professionally as well as as an individual.
Held on the final day of Orientation, Community Service Day allowed new students and staff to spread out across the local community in northeast Washington, D.C., for a day of service and fellowship. The day is intended to emphasize the importance of service and pro bono work that is instilled by the Law School. Community Service Day also introduces students to their new surrounding community and gives students a chance to get to know each other before classes kick off. Before they boarded busses to their respective sites, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Katherine Crowley addressed the students thanking them for their participation in this tradition of service.
Groups of students split up amongst three local sites all within a short drive of Catholic Law: Capital Area Food Bank, located just a mile from the Law School, which distributes more than 45 million meals a year to people living in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland; St. Anthony Catholic School, in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C., which serves local students from preschool through 8th grade; and Bread for the City, which has been providing food and clothing to low-income residents of the city since 1976. A morning session went to all three locations while an additional group of students went to Capital Area Food Bank in the afternoon.
Evening students also had an opportunity to participate in Community Service Day during their orientation sessions in the evening on Wednesday, August 18. Organized by Catholic Law alumna Veda Rasheed '18, students sorted school supplies and packed bags for local children in need. The school supplies were donated by members of Catholic Law faculty, staff, and students.
Click here to view other photos from Community Service Day on Catholic Law's Facebook page.