In a time of national and international crisis, the Catholic Law community is finding many ways to help alleviate hardships, solve problems, and stay connected. This year, we marked our Founders Day, April 1, by sharing some of the stories of our resilient community and by launching the Student Financial Relief Fund. This fund will help students at Catholic Law in need, who are struggling with access to technology, medical needs, housing assistance, and other unexpected challenges.
While Founders Day has passed, we remain committed to the strength and resiliency of our community. Please consider making a donation to this important fund by clicking on the link below. Thank you.
A Message from Dean Stephen C. Payne Regarding Community Support for our Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Catholic Law community—alumni, friends, staff, faculty, and parents—are asking how they can support our students during this challenging and uncertain time. This quickly-shifting situation has placed new and unexpected financial burdens on many of our students as they attempt to continue their study of law in an unprecedented environment. With this in mind, we have created the Student Financial Relief Fund (SFRF) to give you an opportunity to help them.
Prior to the pandemic, many of our law students were earning essential income from employment positions at the Law School or at businesses that are now closed. Some of them now have trying family employment situations and unexpected costs in order to continue their studies in the new environment. Therefore our students have immediate needs for financial relief to continue their studies, ranging from paying for food, shelter, health care, and groceries, to covering unexpected technology expenses and transportation costs, among many other things.
The SFRF is intended to be immediately available to address financial difficulties that students are experiencing as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is also designed to operate as a permanent fund to address student financial needs in future circumstances as well. My wife Jennifer and I are personally designating $10,000 to seed this fund, and we hope you will join us in building it, if you find your own circumstances, which we recognize may be very challenging as well, would allow you to do so.
From the outset of this crisis, our focus has been on safeguarding the health and safety of our students, while also ensuring their continued academic progress. We are grateful for the way alumni have responded to support our efforts, and for the way our community has galvanized to minimize disruption and carry on our academic program. When you support the Student Financial Relief Fund, your gift will directly benefit our students. As you endeavor to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe, if you are able, we would appreciate it if you would consider making a gift of any size to help bridge the gap for our students in need.
Catholic Law is at its best during challenging times. Please stay well and be safe. I look forward to seeing you when this crisis is behind us.
Stephen C. Payne
Dean, Columbus School of Law
Knights of Columbus Professor of Law
Several Catholic Law alumni have shared stories of the work they are doing during this crisis. We have links to those stories on this page.
Would you like to share your story of what you or your company are doing to help others during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Health Crisis? If so, send an email with your story and a photo to Kate Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share your story with the Catholic Law Community.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers