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Regent School of Law Students Serve in 8th Annual Community Service Day

Saturday, August 20 marked Regent University School of Law’s (LAW) eighth-annual Community Service Day. More than 150 law students, ranging from incoming first-years to students embarking on their third year of studies, spent time in the community serving non-profit organizations.
Photo courtesy of Victoria Rice.
The initiative is particularly important to LAW dean, Michael Hernandez, who explained a new expectation for every JD student to complete 50 hours of public service during their academic careers.

“Our community service days are an important part of this commitment to public service. We look forward to increasing public service and pro bono work by our students,” said Hernandez. “I am very proud of the time and effort our students, faculty and staff put into the Community Service Day. Regent Law trains servant leaders who, following the example of our Lord, are committed to serving, rather than being served.”

Students completed nearly 450 hours of collective service at various locations in the Hampton Roads area, including Union Mission, Bridge Christian Fellowship, and St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

Students worked together to sort clothes, do yard work, and be a support to the varying locations.

This was Alexandra McPhee’s ’17 third time participating in the Community Service Day. She spent her time at Union Mission landscaping in front of the men and women’s shelters.

“I like volunteering because it helps me actively recognize that there’s a world outside of law school and that other things besides my schedule are important,” said McPhee. “It brings all of us closer together, and I get to spend time with my classmates in a new setting and see a different side of them.”

Noah DiPasquale ’17 also spent the day at Union Mission, and enjoyed the camaraderie with his fellow classmates.

“It can get really busy once the semester starts,” said Dipasquale. “A lot of the time we get into the flow of studying and going to class and we don’t get as much time to do things together that aren’t academic.”

Victoria Rice ’18 volunteered at St. Mary’s Home for the Disabled Children. Her favorite part of the day was seeing the progress she and her team were able to make in just one day.

“It’s important to keep a perspective on what really matters in life,” said Rice. “God calls us to serve others and it’s something we should start now and continue to practice.”

DiPasquale, like Rice, acknowledges the importance of serving others – especially, he says, in a world that views lawyers as “self-serving.”

“As Christian attorneys, we want to be a witness for Christ in everything we do. These service days helps put the emphasis on that mission,” said DiPasquale. “To become lawyers who are going to be a witness for Christ, and not just out for their own gain and wealth.”

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