McGeorge School of Law

Students Get in the Holiday Spirit

December 17, 2012

Nick Horton presents MLS check

On left, adjunct professor Emmett Mahle, Andrew Londerholm, and far right, Phil Williams, look on as Nick Horton presents MLS check to U.S. Mission representative Jack Scarry, center.

McGeorge law students may not have fat wallets, but they have big hearts. Members of the Military Law Society delivered a check for $7,471 to a homeless veterans' charity on Dec. 13, 2012, capping off a flurry of student-driven fundraising efforts for those less fortunate in the Sacramento community.

The 2nd Annual MLS 131,000 Challenge, which attracted wide participation from students, faculty and staff on Nov. 8, raised the funds for the Sacramento branch of the United States Mission. The Department of Veteran's Affairs estimates that there are more than 131,000 homeless veterans, hence the 131,000 Challenge name for the all-day push-up and sit-up contest held on the campus quad. Students Phil Williams (U.S. Army veteran), Nick Horton (U.S. Marines Corps veteran) and Andrew Londerholm were the student coordinators. Adjunct professor Emmett Mahle, '81, was a key contributor.

In late November before final examinations, students wrapped up successful food drives for needy families and gift collections for indigent children. The Phi Alpha Delta Food Drive, led by Jaclyn Zdanowski, collected 300 pounds of food, clothing and supplies for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Service organization. The annual Phi Delta Phi Angel Tree Project, spearheaded by Andrea Moon, collected more than 110 gifts for neighborhood youngsters.

McGeorge also participates in the University of the Pacific's Holiday ROAR (Reach Out And Read) book drive. The Stockton campus gathered more than 3,000 children's books, and in Sacramento 50 books were gathered for pre-holiday delivery to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services center in Oak Park.