TU College of Law Focuses on Service Before Semester Starts

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Public Service Day is an annual tradition involving the entire 1L class donating time and resources to the community.

TU College of Law’s incoming class has been busy this week, even before fall classes begin. Foundations of Legal Study (FLS) is a program for first year students designed to prepare them for the study of law and to explore the professional obligations of law students and lawyers.

During FLS week, students have been learning about student organizations on campus, hearing from alumni about what to expect, visiting the courthouse, along with exploring the library and reserving locker space.

Thursday is Public Service Day, an annual tradition involving the entire 1L class donating time and resources to the community. This year, they will be volunteering at Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Goodwill Industries, the Little Lighthouse, and Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.

"We look forward to Public Service Day every year because it sets the emphasis squarely on service to the community,” said Christy Caves, TU College of Law Associate Director of Professional Development and Public Service Coordinator. “Service is a core value for legal professionals, and we want our first-year students to have that context early and often.”

Several TU Law alumni have been involved in prepping the first-year class to begin thinking about critical legal issues. Aaron Hurvitz (’07) gave an insider’s view of the global market, and Bob Haslam (’86) led a discussion about the 7th amendment to the Constitution and securing the right of a jury in civil matters.

Meanwhile, second-year students will be engaged in Professionalism Day. The schedule for Thursday includes the keynote address from TU Law alum Samuel Joyner (’02). Attorney and professional trainer Ari Kaplan will discuss “How to Thrive in the Current Market.” Other speakers will include Jim Calloway, Susan Gainen, and Jana Christian. Travis Pickens, representing the Oklahoma Bar Association Ethics Counsel, will conclude the day with “How Professionalism Impacts Your Marketability.”

TU College of Law’s fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 20.

Shari Erwin