Students Raise Most Donations Among Law Schools in Annual Georgia Lawyers’ Food Drive

Mercer University School of Law successfully defended its title as the champion of the Attorney General’s Cup in the Second Annual Legal Food Frenzy – a competition to help feed the hungry in Georgia. In a friendly competition against the state’s other law schools to see which could gather the most food for Georgia’s food banks, Mercer Law School gathered more than any other school. In all, the School gathered 8,037 pounds of food, or 22 pounds per student, to help support the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, which is more than double the total from last year. This effort is part of a statewide food drive organized by the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, which will help provide food for the state’s seven regional food banks.

“There are many ways a law school can distinguish itself, but surely one way that everyone would recognize as truly important is in its members’ public-spiritedness and philanthropy,” said Dean Gary Simson. “The Law School’s repeat of its first-place finish of last year – the first year of the attorney general’s food drive initiative – is very much in character for the Mercer Law School community and something of which we should all feel proud.”

A total of 249 law firms and legal organizations representing 14,000 employees in 47 cities raised a total of 842,317 pounds of food during the competition this year.

“Due to the generosity of lawyers statewide, we not only met, but substantially exceeded our goal of raising 750,000 pounds of food for our regional food banks,” said Attorney General Sam Olens. “Georgia lawyers have once again demonstrated a strong commitment to the less fortunate in their communities.”