Law School's 'Immunity Day' Aids Advocacy Center, Eases Homework Load

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Attending the SBA check presentation were, from left, Lorne Meade, Katy McCully, Professor Elizabeth Miller, Wes Bowers, Tiffany Roach, David Davis (Advocacy Center director), and Dean Brad Toben.
April 25, 2006

by Alan Hunt, (254) 710-6271

Baylor law students avoided the ordeal of being called upon in class when they made a donation to a local charity during "Immunity Day" recently.

Said eighth-quarter student Zach Groover, "It was well worth it. I would have gladly paid $50 to enjoy not being called on in class. Plus, of course, the donations were going to an important charity."

The students' "Immunity Day" donations, along with donations from faculty and staff at the Law School, totaled an impressive $2,500. The money was presented by officials of the Student Bar Association (SBA) to David Davis, director of the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, a non-profit organization serving victims of crime in Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties.

Davis said the donation will enable the center to expand its presence in Hill County. "We have outgrown our space there," he said, "and this very generous assistance from the Baylor Law School family will help us enormously."

Katy McCully, SBA president, said the students responded "so enthusiastically" on "Immunity Day," many of them donating up to $30 each. "It was a wonderful gesture by the students," she said.

McCully said the students responded with similar enthusiasm during a recent blood drive conducted by the SBA at the Law School to help defray the costs of upcoming blood transfusions needed by a young boy who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Wes Bowers, SBA vice president, said "Our goal was to collect 30 units of blood, and we surpassed that number. In all, 39 donors showed up to donate, and 33 units were donated."

Faculty coordinator Professor Elizabeth Miller said, "I am so proud of the commitment to service demonstrated by our students. Despite the significant demands of law school on their time and financial resources, they give so generously of both to benefit others in need. They are truly dedicated to fulfilling the high ideals of the legal profession."

On hand for the check presentation to the Advocacy Center were SBA President McCully; Lorne Meade, third-year SBA vice president; Tiffany Roach, who serves as the American Bar Association representative on the SBA; Wes Bowers, SBA vice president; Professor Miller; and Law Dean Brad Toben.

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