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Annual Christmas Party Directs Attention to Legal Needs in Haiti


The 2010 Alumni and Friends Christmas party held at Union Station on Dec. 7 had all of the usual hallmarks of a festive holiday event: a high-spirited atmosphere, warm reunions between classmates and good food and drink.
This year, the 240 Columbus School of Law alumni who returned to mix with each other and former professors were also asked to consider supporting the Haitian Alternative Christmas Gift Project, an effort by the law school to help establish a criminal justice law clinic in the Western hemisphere’s poorest nation.
Spearheaded by Catholic University law professor Sandy Ogilvy (below, left), the project is raising funds to help found a law-school affiliated clinic in the Jeremie and Rosseaux regions of Haiti.
Ogilvy took the microphone briefly to explain that the new clinic will provide legal assistance to the indigent accused in the lowest-tier courts, and will also serve as a model legal clinic for the other nine law schools in Haiti.
Party guests were urged to donate in five dollar increments, which included the purchase of a raffle ticket for a basket of CUA Law-related items, such as a sweatshirt.
The move to support a new law clinic in Haiti is sponsored by CUA-Haiti Initiatives, in conjunction with Students for Public Interest Law, Delta Theta Phi, Evening Law Students Association and Irish American Law Students Association.
In her welcome remarks to the alumni, Dean Veryl Miles singled out the members of the Class of 2010 for special praise, complimenting them on their strong bar exam performance.