September 15, 2010 Regular News UF students spend a day volunteering OVER 300 FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENTS at the University of Florida — including Kimberly Andreu, left, and Kristin Belsito at the Humane Society — kicked off the school year by donating their time and efforts to a variety of organizations in Gainesville. “Community Service Day marks an end to the Introduction to Law School and the Profession Program, as well as a beginning to the new students’ legal careers,” said Michelle Ocepek, director of Student Programs at UF Law. “It helps instill the message that attorneys should participate in the community in which they live and give back in meaningful ways.” Student groups were divided up to volunteer at 16 different sites around Gainesville, giving their time to organizations such as Haven Hospice, the Humane Society, and The Alachua County Conservation Trust. “The experience was good because, as we’ve already started learning, being a public servant is an essential part of practicing law and including something like Community Service Day helps to reinforce that fact,” said Kara Carnley, a first-year law student who volunteered at The Arc of Alachua County, an organization that provides a variety of services to the developmentally disabled. With each student contributing three hours of time, UF Law’s 1L class donated approximately 920 hours in volunteer time and giving back to the community.
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