Students, Faculty, and Staff Lend a Hand in Local Neighborhoods

More than 180 incoming students, faculty, and staff participated in the In My Back Yard (IMBY) Public Service Day on Aug. 19, volunteering at a number of city and non-profit organizations in local Washington, D.C. neighborhoods.

IMBY is organized each year by the law school’s rising 2L Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Scholars.

The annual event kicked off JD orientation, and allowed new students to become acclimated to the city while returning students and staff reconnected with their community. Participation in IMBY also counts toward the law school’s Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program, which recognizes graduating students who have completed a minimum of 75 hours of pro bono legal assistance and community service.

"I am pleased to report that IMBY 2014 was a huge success thanks to the hard work of my co-organizers and the support from the Office of Public Interest, the Dean of Students, as well as Admissions," said organizer Naomi Ahsan '16. "I love the passion for public interest and public service at WCL, and I am very proud of the fact that we encourage incoming students to begin their WCL careers by giving back to the local community. It has been a pleasure and privilege to assist in upholding this annual tradition."

Volunteer Sites:

Capital Food bank
  • A Wider Circle
  • Anacostia Watershed
  • Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County
  • Bread for the City
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Carpenter's Shelter
  • Hebrew Homes
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Life Pieces to Masterpieces
  • National Center for Children and Families
  • Playtime for Kids
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork