Student organization wins national honor for community service

The Charleston School of Law Clement Haynesworth Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (PAD) has been recognized as the Outstanding Community Service Program of 2023 by the organization’s international office.

PAD, along with co-sponsors Alliance for Equality, Survivor Advocacy Society, and Women in Law, hosted the “Clothes-For-Cold-Calls” fundraiser this past Spring semester to benefit the Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. Sexual Assault Center with apparel donations for their victim support programs.

The Charleston Law chapter is led by Justice Lonnie Harvey, Vice-Justice Sydney Denninger, Clerk Jordyn Copeland, Treasurer Rachel Rittelmann, and Marshal Lizzie Ouellette.

“Our students are passionate about ‘serving the greater good,’” said Charleston School of Law Dean Larry Cunningham. “We are so proud of their hard work, dedication and recognition as the Nation’s top community service program for 2023. Our hope is that the donations serve our local community in need.”

The Phi Alpha Delta chapters at the University of Nebraska and George Mason University ranked second and third, respectively.

The Phil Alpha Delta fraternity is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. The organization unites students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fellowship designed to: advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; foster integrity and professional competence; promote the welfare of its members; and encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.