First-Year Class Provides 100s of Volunteer Hours at Six Service Projects across Birmingham

Posted: Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:52

The first-year class at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law embarked on a class service project Friday, August 15, from 1-5 pm, across six Birmingham locations providing more than 500 volunteer hours. Upper class law students, professors and administrators also joined the effort. The first-year service project fits with the law school’s pursuit to engage students in community-based volunteer efforts.

Cassandra Adams, director of Cumberland School of Law’s Community Mediation Center and Public Interest Project, organized the class project in partnership with Hands On Birmingham, an organization that connects people with volunteer opportunities. Adams works diligently each school year to provide law students with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities.

The class project formally began in fall 2007 and has continued each year. It is an opportunity for new classmates to interact and is a break from a week of traditional orientation events. The class project provides students with an opportunity for community outreach in a city that is new to most of them.

At Cumberland School of Law, students are reminded often about the importance of volunteer work in the legal profession.