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Baylor Professors Auction Themselves Off for Charity

Dec. 6, 2012

PAD Auction 2012

The third annual Professor Auction conducted Dec. 6 by the Baylor Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, International raised an amazing $13,700 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA.

Phi Alpha Delta will donate proceeds from the auction to the Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA.

Phi Alpha Delta auctioned off 15 faculty-created events designed to foster out-of-classroom interaction with students. Faculty members are offering to play a round of golf, give a Tae Kwan Do lesson, cook a special meal, attend a sporting event, and more to winning students. The major draw at the auction was Professor Rory Ryan's trip for six students, which includes flying to Washington, D.C., on a private jet on Jan. 15, 2013 and attending a U.S. Supreme Court argument on Jan. 16, 2013. Hotel is included in the prize.

The event may be a light-hearted one, but the cause is very serious. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to ensure they receive attention in the overburdened legal and social service system and do not languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many of these children their CASA volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives.

The National CASA Association is a network of 955 programs that recruit, train and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

"We are elated with the faculty's continuing work with Phi Alpha Delta to benefit CASA," said Phi Alpha Delta Vice President Lauren Edwards. "The organization believes strongly in CASA's mission, and our members have worked with faculty to provide opportunities to socialize with students outside the classroom while benefiting an excellent organization."

Phi Alpha Delta International is the predominant professional legal fraternity in the United States, advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. Founded in 1902, the fraternity has more than 300,000 initiated members nationwide.

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