Fundraising At Chilifest 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

LRAW class team raised money for lawyers displaced by hurricanes at annual Chilifest

The first year University of Tulsa law school students in Professor Sharisse O’Carroll’s Legal Reasoning, Analysis and Writing class decided to put action into the words of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s definition of professionalism —

"Professionalism for lawyers and judges requires honesty, integrity, competence, civility and public service."

The students used their booth at the annual ChiliFest event to raise money for the Louisiana State Bar Association/Louisiana Bar Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. The students decorated their booth with a New Orleans theme, including an authentic French Quarter street lamp, and served up Cajun chili while collecting over five hundred dollars for the Disaster Relief Fund which assists displaced lawyers by helping them rebuild their practices in the wake of the recent hurricanes.

The TU law school ChiliFest is a fun annual event sponsored by the TU alumni association in which county bar associations, student organizations, and law firms compete for the best booth displays and the best chili. The competition is judged by real state and federal members of the bench. This is the first time the event has been utilized for an altruistic purpose. The participating first year law students were Sarah Badowski, who chaired the project, Christin Donovan, Rachel Savitski, Ryan Kenney, Steve Condron, Kurt Townsend, Jim Shine, and Zac Young.