It’s Back! Thanksgiving Baskets 2018

Despite our finals season stress, William & Mary students try to find time to give back during the holidays. Each year, the Black Law Students Association hosts the Thanksgiving Basket Thanksgiving BasketCompetition. All the 1L sections compete, arranging their givings in a creative manner that will grab the attention of the judges. And the 1Ls really do get creative. Last year, the winning section made their Professor, Dean Kaplan, out of canned goods; others created International Shoe (you’ll laugh once you take Civil Procedure) and other puns from our law school experience. Displays are graded on creativity, the diversity of products, and the quantity of goods. Each section sets up the night before the judgment and claims their spot for their structure. You are able to watch everyone’s ideas slowly form over time.

My section opted for the simple yet elegant Supreme Court. Our Court’s docket was out of the ordinary–we brought suit on behalf our professors and Legal Practice Fellow.

All and all, my 1L class collected over 2,000 items that were delivered to the William & Mary Campus Kitchen, who then organized the items into Thanksgiving baskets for families. Although Section 2’s Supreme Court made out of mainly cans and pasta did not come out on top, it was a great experience to bond. Not only does the law school collect items for those in need, it gives everyone an opportunity to see how thankful they are for their section and the law school community. I’m excited to see what the 1Ls bring to the table this year!

Results aren’t in from this year’s competition, but students collected over 4,000 cans and pantry items! Make sure to follow our Instagram, wmLawAdmissions, for the final winner! 

Brooke Lowell is a 2L from Rockland, Maine. She attended Simmons College and earned her degree in Political Science in 2017. Brooke is currently a member of the Public Service Fund and serves as the Vice President for Equity Alliance. She also works as a member of the Bill of Rights Journal staff. Last summer, she served as a graduate research assistant for Professor Evan Criddle at William & Mary Law School and will continue to work at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia as her externship for the year.