Classes began this week for Florida Coastal School of Law students culminating a week of first-year student orientation with some community service. Nearly 300 new students were invited to participate in one of four activities that introduced them to diverse aspects of the Jacksonville community. From 11am-2pm, students selected a location where they agreed to perform a variety of tasks and learn more about the organizations they might one-day service with pro-bono hours during the final two years of law school. Since the spring of 2014, the students have provided over 16-hundred pro bono hours to the Jacksonville community and last year raised nearly 40-thousand dollars for a charity, Compassionate Families.
The following organizations were visited by 12-20 students: FarmShare, where they re-sorted and packaged an abundance of surplus food and distributed to individuals, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and other organizations feeding the hungry in Florida; Three Rivers Legal Services, where the students met the staff and divided up to provide an array of filing and other admin tasks; The Family Nurturing Center, where the students met the staff and divided up to provide an array of filing and other admin tasks and Hanna Park where students participated in a beach and dune clean-up and learned more about the great works of environmental law.