by Phillip Lecky, Class of 2015
Every year, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosts a Thanksgiving Basket competition among the 1L Legal Practice firms. The individual firms get the opportunity to vie against one other to produce the most unique and exquisite displays of culinary artistry. At the conclusion of the competition, the items are donated to families in need.
This year, the 1L students seemed determined to outdo their colleagues who preceded them, and that they did. Last Thursday evening, the eve of the competition, walking to my Professional Responsibility class around 6:30 pm, I noticed that the law school lobby area was abuzz with exuberant students, canned goods, boxes of food, and other materials.
Returning to school the next morning, I saw the manifestation of hard work, diligence and commitment , and I must say I was utterly impressed. I saw various firm creations such as goods formed into the shape of a slice of pie with a metallic paper fork inserted into the middle, goods made into the shape of a menorah with corresponding paper cutouts to give the appearance of lighted candles, a Despicable Me-themed assortment, a castle with a throne and subjects, a theme park display titled Tort Gardens which was, I suppose, inspired by Busch Gardens, a display made to give the appearance of a table set in anticipation of a great meal along with a menu, and others.
After the judges finished filling out their rubric sheets, and the numbers were tallied, Tort Gardens emerged the victor. After the competition was over, I helped to dismantle the various displays, clean up the lobby, and move the items to William & Mary vans where they would be placed in storage until it was time for distribution. Little did I know when I started that the tally would amount to over 7,000 items. Congratulations to the members of Firm Six, and to all of those who competed to make this another successful year!
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