Each year, Professor Donald Gifford challenges his classes, as well as other classes in the law school, to collect food items for donation to a local organization. This year, however, UM Carey Law students surpassed his wildest expectations.
From November 18 to November 22, 329 students donated 5,164 food items totaling 67,241.42 ounces of food. Professor Gifford’s evening Torts class was the winner, collecting 2,165 items, and averaging 66 cans per student. Professor Gifford’s day Torts class was the runner up, with 1,890 items, and the second-year evening class came in third with 583 donated items. If unable to donate food items, students were given the opportunity to contribute financially, or commit to eight hours of pro bono work for the next six months.
“The students in each class ultimately do all the work; all I do is give them a pep talk,” said Professor Gifford. “It’s a good way to funnel first semester competitive spirit in a positive direction, as well as help students begin to understand their obligations to others less fortunate.”
This year’s donations will assist the Maryland Food Bank, on behalf of the Lawyers Campaign Against Hunger.