Baylor Law Students Swap Books For Hard Hats

Dec. 17, 2004
News Photo 2426Baylor law student Molly Moran, and friend, Tim Hill, take a break during a recent Habitat for Humanity construction project in Waco.

by Alan Hunt

Baylor Law School students put down the books and put on the hard hats to help out the Waco community recently. Nearly 30 law school volunteers, including law students, family members and friends, helped construct two houses for Waco Habitat for Humanity on South 16th Street. The law school's Diversity in Law organization sponsored the one-day "Habitat for Humanity Builds" program.

Mollie McGraw, president of Diversity in Law, described the event as "a huge success" and said the organization plans to sponsor another Habitat for Humanity build in the Spring. "The mission of Diversity in Law is to provide Baylor law students with diverse experiences and opportunities," she said.

Mary Beth Woliver, volunteer director and family services advocate at Waco Habitat for Humanity, said the volunteers did an outstanding job. "We were able to begin the finishing touches on the two houses. They did an excellent job at exterior painting, installing baseboards and trim, among other tasks. Their hard work and willingness to serve our community was well appreciated. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a great relationship between Baylor Law and Waco Habitat for Humanity."

McGraw said in February, Diversity in Law will bring Dr. Ernest Tutt to Baylor Law School to celebrate Black History Month.

"Dr. Tutt presents the rich oral traditions of Black America through narrative and historical speech reenactments about African Americans' century-long struggle for freedom, justice and equality," she said. "Dr. Tutt impersonates Henry Garnet, Frederick Douglas, Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr."

The event will be held at the law school and is open to the Baylor community.

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