ALUMNI SERVICE DAY
APRIL 28, 2018
Michigan Law is excited to announce that its 10th annual Service Day for Alumni and Friends will be Saturday, April 28, 2018, during National Volunteer Week. This is your chance to take a break and join us for a day of service in your community. Bring your friends and family; the more people that join us, the bigger the impact we will make. Current and admitted students will join us for the project, so this is your opportunity to help introduce them to the tradition of service for which Michigan Law is known.
This year we are thrilled to bring Service Day to the following nationwide locations:
One of the best things about Michigan Law is our close-knit community. But what’s even better is that our sense of community doesn’t end when diplomas are in hand. It informs the way we view the world beyond the Quad. As a public institution, we have an obligation to serve our community and do our part to make the world a better place. Alumni of Michigan Law know they have benefited from receiving an unparalleled legal education, and that privilege brings the responsibility of giving back.
For more than 15 years, we have tried to inculcate a sense of that responsibility in our 1Ls during their orientation week. On Service Day, incoming students spend a day working in teams as volunteers for nonprofits all over southeastern Michigan. Together, they put in hundreds of hours helping out with the simple day-to-day tasks that keep these organizations alive. As the new 1Ls get to know their new classmates better, they also get a sense of the strong tradition of service that is such an important part of Michigan Law’s proud heritage.
That proud heritage includes thousands of our graduates who have given back in amazingly generous ways, working as leaders and volunteers with organizations that feed the hungry, house the homeless, showcase the arts, champion green spaces, and care for those in need—indeed, all the functions that distinguish a civilized and caring people.
No matter your career path or long-term time constraints, our annual Alumni and Friends Service Day, now in its ninth year, offers a chance to serve the community and have fun, too. In 2013, some 200 alumni from New York to Anchorage participated—a new record. I’m thrilled that the program has become so popular, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Michigan Law alumni have always enjoyed getting together. And they have always enjoyed doing good works. Alumni and Friends Service Day is an unbeatable combination of the two.
But don’t take my word for it. To get a real flavor for the program, read the testimonials on this website from Service Day leaders and participants. And on the next Service Day, join in the fun and the satisfying work. Whether this is your first Service Day or whether you’re a seasoned volunteer, we hope to see you there.
Mark D. West
Nippon Life Professor of Law
Service Day FAQ
Our mission is for alumni volunteers to come together to serve their local communities while representing the Michigan Law School and reconnecting with fellow alums. Our service day is organized around a project that can make a difference in a day in their communities. Whether you are planting a community garden; painting a public school; sorting food in a food bank; helping the homeless; rehabbing a home; or cleaning a river you are sure to have an excellent time while lending a hand to a worthy organization.
In addition, the University of Michigan’s Alumni Association coordinates days of service with their chapters nationwide on the same date. A visit to their site may show an activity in your area planned should there not be one currently planned with Michigan Law.
Most definitely! The Michigan Law Alumni & Friends Service Day is open to friends and family of our alumni community. These events are a wonderful opportunity to introduce families to community service. In fact, many of our participating locations involve activities that are family friendly and several may be appropriate for young children.
Selection of organizations for Service Day comes from suggestions from Team Leaders, past volunteers, and interested alums. The arrangement between Michigan Law and various service organizations around the country for Service Day is intended as a one-day partnership to carry out specific functions that benefit the communities where these organizations are based. The selection of these groups, and the volunteer involvement of Michigan Law alumni, does not imply that the Law School approves or sanctions all viewpoints represented by these organizations, nor should these arrangements be construed as such approval.
If you have questions or suggestions for future service day activities,
please feel free to contact Laura Gray in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at
734-615-4501 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We had a wonderful day enjoying beautiful scenery in a lush tropical rainforest, while building Michigan connections and helping Lyon Arboretum in its mission to preserve endangered plant species in thePacific Basin and to restore Hawaiian ecosystems.”
– Mary Wong, JD ’84
Honolulu Team Leader
“The event went well. I unexpectedly encountered a friend from UM Law whom I hadn’t seen in years, which was a wonderful surprise. Reconnecting with an old friend was about the best I could have hoped for, and I think this is the kind of work that makes you feel satisfaction and connection to the community.”
– Leah Goodman, JD ’05
“The 3rd annual service day was great!!! It was very well organized. I appreciated the reminders that were sent so there was no confusion as to where and when the service would take place. I thought Gleaners was a great location for the service day. Gleaners did a great job utilizing the volunteers. I would love to participate in future service days. It was a nice opportunity to meet other alumni and to do a good deed at the same time. Go Blue!”
– Karen Chadwick, JD ’81
“The event at the Food Bank of Alaska was well organized and went very well. Diane Wendlandt did a great job of organizing. The organization “trained” us for our tasks. My daughters came as well and had a good time helping out. A great success and I would love to participate next year.”
– Mike Mills, JD ’87
“Despite the weather (we had cold and rain), my husband and I really enjoyed getting out and joining in the Service Day. We felt like we were really making a difference and the people that came were great.”
– Katie Marcusse, JD ’09
“I was the Los Angeles team leader for the Michigan Law Service Day event. Although I graduated in 2003, I still feel strong ties to the Law School. This event is an excellent way to help out the community in which you live while meeting and bonding with other alumni. The amount of effort is minimal – typically a few hours on a single day – but the rewards are immense.”
– Julia Trankiem, JD ’03
Los Angeles Team Leader
“My thoughts on service day are that it is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to areas in need within our local communities and it is particularly rewarding to be able to do so on behalf of the University of Michigan Law School. After enjoying an amazing and rewarding educational experience, it is a way for me to convey my appreciation for all that the U of M Law School experience ment to me. It is also a great way to meet other U of M law school grads in the area.”
– Yasmin Elias, JD ’95
Detroit co-Team Leader