Baylor Law Professors to Auction Themselves for Charity Dec. 2

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Baylor Law student Lanny Begley bids on an item as part of the inaugural Professor Auction in December 2010 in which students and staff bid on unique activities to share with Baylor Law professors. The auction, sponsored by Baylor Law's Phi Alpha Delta chapter, raised more than $2,800 for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Nov. 28, 2011

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Phi Alpha Delta Baylor Law Chapter to hold annual Professor Auction to benefit CASA

In conjunction with Baylor Law School faculty, the Baylor Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta International will hold its second annual Professor Auction benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Student Lounge at the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center, 1114 South University Parks Dr.

Co-sponsors of the event are Themis, Barbri, Westlaw, LexisNexis and Kaplan.

Phi Alpha Delta will auction 25 "date-night"-styled packages. Law professors have donated diverse events, ranging from dinner at a professor's house to Taekwondo lessons, as well as other packages that include:

    • lunch with Baylor President Ken Starr
    • skeet shooting with Professor Davis Guinn
    • watching a Baylor women's basketball practice, touring the locker room and meeting the coaches and players with Professor Mike Rogers
    • a tour of the Blue Bell ice cream plant in Brenham with Berkley Scroggins

Last year's inaugural auction raised more than $2,800 for CASA.

"We are very pleased with the faculty's willingness to work with Phi Alpha Delta to benefit CASA," said Cameron Redding, Phi Alpha Delta's president. "We believe strongly in CASA's mission, and our members have worked with faculty to provide opportunities to socialize with students outside the classroom."

CASA volunteers, who are appointed by judges, watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children to ensure they receive attention in the legal and social service system and do not languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives.

For information about the auction, contact Travis James Cox at (214) 554-3388 or Travis_Cox1@baylor.edu.

About Phi Alpha Delta International

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. The Baylor Law Chapter includes more than 75 members. For more information, visit http://www.pad.org/

About CASA

The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive. 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. For more information, visit http://www.casaforchildren.org/

About Baylor Law School

Established in 1849, Baylor Law School was the first law school in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,000 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide on a career in public service. The Law School boasts two Texas governors, members or former members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature among its notable alumni. In 2010, Baylor Law received the Law School Commitment to Service Award that is presented by the Texas Access to Justice Commission. The School's advocacy program also is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News.

About Baylor

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

Contact: Julie Carlson, Baylor Law School, (254) 710-6681

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