Law school fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and the Public Interest Law Society hosted the Annual Canned Immunity food drive Nov. 14–18. The organizations collected canned and boxed items that will be donated to the local food bank, Feeding South Florida.
The Shepard Broad Law Center organizes several competitions throughout the year to encourage students to donate canned food to a local shelter. First-year law students compete, in six sections, to see who can donate the most goods. Last year, nearly 10,000 cans were donated to local shelters.
As an incentive to participate, law school faculty agrees to grant immunity to students, allowing one student, from each of the six sections, who brings the most cans to the drive to be exempt from answering difficult questions posed in class for one day.
Martavis Clarke, president of Public Interest Law Society, said, “This year, multiple sections have declared war against each other to see who could bring in the most cans. But Canned Immunity really brings a sense of unity throughout the law center as we all rally together for a common cause. This is one of the biggest public service events held by student organizations at the law center and the reward is invaluable.”
Hannah Knight, the justice for Phi Alpha Delta – Fleming Chapter and third-year law student said that, as future lawyers, it is a privilege and a responsibility to participate in such an event for the betterment of
“This is one of the events that I think sets NSU LAW apart and really presses home the importance of helping others and being an active part of our community,” she said.
Eric Arckey, president of the Student Bar Association, said, “These organizations are dedicated to community outreach, not only in donations of food and money but also in coordinating students and lawyers to donate legal services.”