Be Here, Learn Here, Excel Everywhere

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This year, the Admissions Office is focusing on how our students #exceleverywhere: In the classroom, in their internships and clinics, and in the “real world” (hint: there’s no such thing). We want to know how William & Mary Law students are using their degrees to be better citizen lawyers, making meaningful impacts on their communities and generally being good stewards of the William & Mary name.

One way we’re showcasing how W&M Law students #exceleverywhere is by highlighting three 2L students’ summer experiences here on the blog and on Instagram! Hear straight from the source about how these students are using their first year of law school knowledge in the best way possible and having some great adventures along the way. We can’t make any promises, but we here that one of them is planning to bring stroopwafels  back from their trip!

Stay tuned – it’s going to be a great summer!

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Ali’s Run

K KoballaBy Kasey Koballa, Class of 2018

Running is always easier when it is for a good cause!

On April 7th, around 150 people, including a large number of law students, endured the unseasonal cold and rainy weather to run in support of William & Mary’s Bone Marrow Drive.  This was the 14th Annual Ali’s Run, which is a 5K run/walk, to honor the memory of Ali Kaplan, who passed away in 1999 from a rare bone marrow disease.  Ali Kaplan was our Dean Robert Kaplan’s daughter, and the run recognizes her selflessness, compassion, and courage.

Each year, our Bone Marrow Drive coordinates this run, and all of the proceeds are donated to the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. This year, we had three high school teams travel to Williamsburg to participate, some even from outside of Virginia, and we raised over $5,000.  Having these participants surely upped the competition – we had one runner complete the race in a quick 16 minutes and 33 seconds, which was a full two minutes ahead of any other competitor.

Ali's RunApart from this run, the Bone Marrow Drive hosts other fundraising events throughout the school year. One day a year, Be The Match Registry comes to the law school to host Drive Day where students may register in the drive.  By a mere swab of your mouth, you are entered into the bone marrow drive registry and could have the opportunity to help save a life if you are a match for someone in need.

Additionally, Bone Marrow Drive hosts a Pie Eating Contest between law students and the faculty and staff. Each class picks a male and female student to represent them and participate – to see who can eat the most pie, without using their hands or any utensils!  The Drive raises additional money by allowing students to pay to take off or add time from specific participants.  To allow for some friendly competition, there is a messy prize for the winner!

To learn more about the race and see the results, you can visit the Run’s page here.  We hope you join us on Ali’s Run or at these events in the future!