Members of the women’s boxing program, Baraka Bouts, directed their physical and mental toughness toward raising funds for East African Holy Cross Missions this past weekend in their signature event, the Power 24 Hour. With the hope of raising more funds and increasing awareness of the club and charity, the team changed and intensified the structure of this year’s event, senior captain Jen Coe said. “For a few years now, we’ve had a ‘power-hour’ where the boxers are split into two teams and try to beat each other in the number of pushups, sit-ups and jumping jacks that could be completed in the hours,” she said. “We wanted to double the amount of money raised, so we spread it over an entire day in the hopes of garnering more funds and raising more awareness about our club, the tournament and the Holy Cross missions.” The longer time period allowed the boxers to test their creativity and come up with unique approaches to their workout, senior captain Carleigh Moore said. “At one point we were doing push-ups for every dollar raised,” Moore said. “It was a great way to get in shape for the Bouts all in the name of a great cause.” Coe said there was an advantage to working out in one-hour shifts over the previous structure of one 24-hour period. “Since everyone had a one-hour shift, the energy was kept high as people were rotating in and out, then coming back later to visit and cheer their fellow team-members on,” she said. “We were working out for a good cause, so it wasn’t hard to keep up the spirit.” While the team has not yet totaled the funds raised from the Power 24 Hour, both Coe and Moore said they are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support. “The response was incredible. Students, faculty, alumni and fans were so generous and receptive to our cause,” Moore said. “Thank you to everyone who donated to help us support the efforts of the Holy Cross Missions in Uganda.” The women’s boxing team will fight in the Baraka Bouts tournament in the beginning of November to raise additional funds, which will benefit two secondary schools in Kasese and Jinja, Uganda. The women’s boxing team is changing the structure of the Baraka Bouts tournament this year as well, Moore said. “For the first time, women’s boxing will be holding a two-day tournament,” she said. “Our vision for this year’s season has been double the bouts, double the donations.” This year’s Baraka Bouts event will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets for entry on both nights can be pre-purchased from any Baraka Bouts participant for $10 until the night of the tournament.
December 1, 2005 Regular News Legal Roundup Legal RoundupUSF Scholarship Endowed: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick recently endowed a $100,000 scholarship with the University of South Florida Foundation to benefit the athletic department. “Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick is involved in numerous charitable activities throughout the community and in connection with that involvement, the local partners wanted to recognize and demonstrate support for the University of South Florida as one of the most significant contributors to the area’s current and future growth and development,” said Mark Catchur, a partner with the firm and a double alumnus of USF. Hurricane Relief: Dennis Hernandez & Associates spearheaded a relief drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sites were established in Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg for the public to drop off nonperishable goods. After receiving the goods, Dennis Hernandez & Associates delivered four truckloads to the affected Hurricane Katrina victims. Lawyers in the Schools:Lead in your own way. That’s the message some of the staff from Page, Eichenblatt, Bernbaum & Bennett brought to a group of Orlando eighth graders recently. The staff used their own experiences to motivate students at Lockhart Middle School to lead in their own way and share those experiences with their classmates. Partners Gregg Page and Steve Eichenblatt talked about Page’s mission trip to the Dominican Republic and some of Eichenblattt’s own childhood experiences. Paralegal Thomas Harrington opened up to the students about his tour of duty in Iraq. “We enjoy talking with young people about community service and leadership,” said Page. “Nothing is more important. If we positively influence even one kid’s life, it is well worth the effort.” Indians Win at Stetson: A team from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, won the 10th annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition at Stetson University College of Law. Law students from India, Ireland, Australia, and the United States debated international environmental issues. “The competition consistently draws some of the best law student advocates worldwide,” said Stetson Professor Royal Gardner. “More important, it is a forum that highlights environmental challenges that confront our planet.” More than 60 teams from around the globe competed for a chance to make it to Stetson’s international finals, debating the hypothetical impact of an offshore wind farm on a threatened migratory bird species. NSU Enters Into Dual Degrees Arrangement: The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University has signed an agreement with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice for a dual degree program that will allow NSU students to study law in Venice for a semester while Italian students will come to NSU. The Law Center also has a similar dual degree program with the University of Barcelona. Childrens First Honors Three: Florida’s Children First, a nonprofit that protects the rights of children in the foster care system, recently held a fundraiser and awards ceremony that netted $38,000 for the organization in North Palm Beach. The organization honored Andria Cunningham, a former foster child, who is currently serving as the independent living coordinator for Kids@Home, a nonprofit in Boca Raton that helps foster youths. Sen. Jeffrey Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, was recognized for his commitment to children’s issues, specifically for his work on recent legislation that created a Statewide Interagency Education Agreement that ensures cooperation between the Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Education. Maxine Williams, staff attorney with the Juvenile Advocacy Project of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, was honored for her contributions to the foster care system.Most recently, Williams advocated on behalf of a teenager in foster care who became the center of attention when DCF rescinded her right to have an abortion. FCSL Takes Moot Court Crown: Florida Coastal School of Law won its first national moot court competition in November. The Chicago Bar Association National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition also marks FCSL’s third moot court competition victory this year. The winning FCSL Moot Court team, David Hollander, Cory Simmons, and Katy Peters bested Pepperdine University in the semifinal round before defeating Loyola University, Chicago, the competition’s defending champion, before a panel of judges from the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. FCSL Professor Jeff McFarland accompanied the team to Chicago and helped the team fine-tune their oral arguments.