On August 17, Brooklyn Law School students participated in the Inaugural Orientation Community Service Day, co-sponsored by Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) and the Environmental Law Society. New and continuing students came together to beautify the area around Gowanus Canal by painting, gardening, and sifting compost. The event was held in partnership with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works to maintain and develop the canal for the public.
Kathryn Hensley ’13, one of the event organizers, hopes the event will become an annual tradition. She said, “Volunteerism is an important value that should be encouraged from the moment students arrive at BLS and throughout their law school tenure and beyond.”
The event was “a beautiful way to be introduced to the public service community at BLS,” Alexandra Elbaum ‘15 said.
Julie Kwon ’15 added, “I never figured that working with compost would be so hard and rewarding at the same time. I loved that I was able to get to know such dedicated people who genuinely care about this cause.”
Learn more about these and other student-led projects at the Public Service Office.
View photos of the event.