MACON – Mercer University School of Law successfully defended its title as the champion of the Attorney General's Cup in the Second Annual Legal Food Frenzy – a competition to help feed the hungry in Georgia. In a friendly competition against the state's other law schools to see which could gather the most food for Georgia's food banks, Mercer Law School gathered more than any other school. In all, the School gathered 8,037 pounds of food, or 22 pounds per student, to help support the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, which is more than double the total from last year. This effort is part of a statewide food drive organized by the Georgia Attorney General's Office and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, which will help provide food for the state's seven regional food banks.
"There are many ways a law school can distinguish itself, but surely one way that everyone would recognize as truly important is in its members' public-spiritedness and philanthropy," said Dean Gary Simson. "The Law School's repeat of its first-place finish of last year – the first year of the attorney general's food drive initiative – is very much in character for the Mercer Law School community and something of which we should all feel proud."
A total of 249 law firms and legal organizations representing 14,000 employees in 47 cities raised a total of 842,317 pounds of food during the competition this year.
"Due to the generosity of lawyers statewide, we not only met, but substantially exceeded our goal of raising 750,000 pounds of food for our regional food banks," said Attorney General Sam Olens. "Georgia lawyers have once again demonstrated a strong commitment to the less fortunate in their communities."
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Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School's educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality, general practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its "depth of excellence." With an enrollment of about 430 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and ethics and professionalism. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit law.mercer.edu or call 478.301.5000.