New Students Devote Day to Service

Public Interest Law Association Organizes 10th Annual Community Service Event
Student volunteers at Casa Alma

New UVA Law students volunteer at Casa Alma, an all-volunteer nonprofit that houses homeless families and helps them get back on their feet. Photos by Jesús Pino

August 19, 2018

About 70 new students at the University of Virginia School of Law volunteered Sunday to help local nonprofits as part of the 10th annual public service day.

Organized by the student-run Public Interest Law Association, the event brought together students from the Class of 2021 and Graduate Studies Program who completed services projects at Casa Alma, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Camp Holiday Trails, Rivanna Conservation Alliance and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“As a past participant in UVA Law’s public service days, I was thrilled to organize this year’s New Students Public Service Day,” said PILA officer Noah Lingwall ’20. “Starting law school is an uncertain time for many, so becoming rooted in UVA’s tradition of service and the public interest community provides an excellent foundation for the semester.”
On Monday the first-year class officially starts orientation and will be welcomed by guest speaker David Hyman ’93, general counsel of Netflix.
  • Students volunteer at Casa Alma

    At Casa Alma, a community of three homes includes a small homestead with a garden and backyard animals, “not only to provide healthy food for guest families, but also to inspire people to connect to the abundance of the land.”

  • Students volunteer at Casa Alma
  • Students volunteer at Casa Alma
  • Students volunteer at Casa Alma
  • Students volunteer at Casa Alma
  • Students at the Ronald McDonald House Charities

    Students at the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Photo provided by Noah Lingwall

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