8.26.2010

Regent Law Makes Lasting Impact During Community Service Day


On August 20, Regent University School of Law students, faculty and alumni joined forces to serve the Hampton Roads area for its second annual Community Service Day. Volunteers completed approximately 636 hours of community service across 10 regional sites: Union Mission, Habitat for Humanity (Norfolk and Virginia Beach), Norfolk Law Library, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Virginia Beach Department of Recreation, Society of St. Andrew, The American Heart Association, St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children, and Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Before sending the students out to serve, Darius Davenport, director of Career and Alumni Services and Community Service Day coordinator, reminded them that the profession of law is a profession of service, that their call to salvation included a call to service, and that anytime they use their God-given abilities to help others, they are fulfilling their calling.

Community Service Day volunteers picked corn to feed families in need across Hampton Roads, sorted through donated items for distribution, performed landscaping and exterior beautification, stuffed envelopes for fundraising mailings, and helped boost the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population by packaging oyster shells through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's oyster restoration program.

Second year law student Eric Bensinger worked at the Habitat for Humanity site. "It was awesome to see the Regent team work together to accomplish what would have been difficult or impossible for the Habitat for Humanity staff to complete on its own," he said.

"While this was only our second year for Community Service Day, the day is now a vital part of new law student orientation—and of Regent University School of Law," said Dean Jeffrey Brauch.

"We were able to provide hundreds of hours of valuable service to friends and neighbors in our community," Brauch continued. "Students grew to know each other and began to build friendships in a way that they would not have just sitting in a classroom. And the day emphasized to all of us—up front and right at the beginning of the year—what our ultimate mission is: to train a generation of lawyers who are servants of God and servants of those in need around us."