Law school orientation gives students chance to serve community


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new orientation program at the University of Louisville will help first-year law students connect with the community while getting to know their classmates and professors.

    Community Service Day—an optional part of student orientation at the Brandeis School of Law—will be held Aug. 14–15 and includes volunteer opportunities ranging from trash pick-up and dog walking to home construction and spending time with children with disabilities. Nine different agencies are participating in the program including Operation Brightside, St. Vincent DePaul, Family Scholar House, Animal Care Society, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, Home of the Innocents, Hosparus and Masonic Homes of Kentucky.

    The program was organized by the Student Bar Association.

    Two of the agencies—Family Scholar House and Kentucky Refugee Ministries—are part of the university’s Signature Partnership Initiative, a partnership with community groups designed to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of West Louisville.

    UofL law school professor Kathy Bean said the Brandeis School of Law has a long tradition of community service.

    “Civic responsibility and opportunity are an integral part of our academic program so it makes perfect sense that we include a community service aspect to our orientation program,” said Bean.

    Cindy Hess
    Cindy Hess has more than 30 years of experience in communications, marketing and investor relations, including more than a decade at UofL. She is "sort of" retired but happy to come back to the Office of Communications and Marketing to help with special projects and assignments.