For Immediate Release:  Dec 22, 2008
2008, 12, 22

Hofstra Law students spend holidays helping less fortunate

Hofstra Law students spend holidays helping less fortunate

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — During these difficult economic times, Hofstra Law students are spending the holiday season helping the less fortunate.  Known for their commitment to their communities, Hofstra Law students participate in public interest activities through the law school's more than 40 student organizations.

Ten Hofstra Law students, led by Assistant Dean for Administration and Operations Jeffrey A. Dodge, teamed up with the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) to serve senior citizens.  The WE CARE Fund, the charitable arm of the NCBA, sponsored a Thanksgiving luncheon for the elderly, during which the law students helped serve hot meals.  “We wanted to give the students somewhere to spend the holiday while being able to donate their time to helping out those less fortunate,” said Dean Dodge. 

Hofstra’s Student Bar Association (SBA) held a two-day food drive to support the Melville Lions Club Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for needy families.  The SBA collected 334 items of food and gathered decorative cornucopias that were used as centerpieces at their Annual Fall Bash and donated them to the Lions Club.  The food was assorted into multiple food baskets and delivered by Lion's Club members to 16 needy families in the Melville, New York area.  

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local and world communities, with an emphasis on helping the blind and the deaf.  By conducting service projects and raising funds, Lions strive to help those in need who are less fortunate in the community and around the World.

In addition, The Law Students Disaster Recovery Network will be selling raffle tickets at the New York City Alumni Reception in January 2009 to raise funds for travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to provide legal assistance to those still affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Plus, The Family Court Review will be sponsoring two families from the "Adopt A Family" program through Variety Child Learning Center throughout the holiday season.  Family Court Review will provide these families with food and gifts for the holidays.  Variety Child Learning Center provides special education services and therapies for children with learning disabilities including from infancy to the age of seven.

The Hofstra Law Women held a 50/50 raffle at their Halloween and Thanksgiving bake sales and donated the money to World Hunger Year's (WHY) Hungerthon 2008.  WHY is a leading advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty.

Hofstra Law was recently named one of the country’s best public interest law schools by preLaw magazine, a national publication aimed at prospective law students.   Among the 75 law schools that made the list, Hofstra ranked 11th.

Hofstra Law prides itself in having a diverse and vibrant student body, active both in and out of the classroom. 

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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