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Communications Law Institute volunteers included the five people grouped on the right.
From left-to-right: 3L Lauren McCarty, Preston Thomas (2010), Heidi Lankau (2009),
Ali Zayas (LL.M 2010) and Patricia Cave (2014).


Communications Law Students and Alumni Band Together
to Support Local Charity Auction


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Forty-one current and former students of the Columbus School of Law’s Institute for Communications Law Studies pitched in to assist with a major charitable fundraiser by the communications law bar last month. 

The Federal Communications Bar Association’s (FCBA) 25th Annual Charity Auction on Nov. 6, considered among the “must-attend” events for the communications industry, raised more than $90,500 with the help of 12 current Institute students and 29 of its graduates.
This year’s auction proceeds benefit BUILD Metro DC and the FCBA Foundation’s scholarship programs. BUILD Metro DC, a local charitable organization, offers a four-year program for high school students in low-income communities who are not on track academically and are at the highest risk of dropping out of school.
Through entrepreneurship-based experiential learning, BUILD equips these young people for high school, college, and career success. The program also provides participants with classroom tutoring, free SAT and ACT prep courses, guidance in the college application process, and financial aid support. The FCBA Foundation also uses auction proceeds to support its scholarship programs.
Third-year CLI students Tim Doughty,Bill Durdach, and Lauren McCarty joined 13 CLI alumni as co-chairs for auction subcommittees. Second-year students Lizbeth Chow, Russell Hsiao, Chris Mills,Molly O’Connor, and Danielle Thumann; and 1Ls Jonathan Cannon,Ryan Morrison, Daniel Robinson, and Adam Sandler also served as volunteers.