The College of Law held its third annual 1L Service Day on Friday, August 22. This year’s service day brought in just under 70 volunteers, a record number of participants. The College of Law’s Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) and University Ministry in the Loop organized the 1L Service Day, with support from the Center for Public Interest Law.
Interim Dean Bruce Ottley and PBCSI Director Cheryl Price welcomed the 1L volunteers, many of whom congregated not just for the chance to participate in works of service, but also to make new friends, meet faculty members and explore Chicago.
College of Law Chaplain Tom Judge started by asking staff, faculty and student site leaders to stand and discuss what motivates them to give service. Answers ranged from "a sense of gratitude" to simply, "it's the right thing to do." Shaye Loughlin, executive director of the Center for Public Interest Law, defined service as a family value handed down from the Greatest Generation.
Students then departed for one of six service sites: Pacific Garden Mission, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Marillac House, Legal Prep Charter Academy, Catholic Charities Bishop Conway Residence and Little Brothers/ Friends of the Elderly.