Mardi Gras Fundraiser to Send More Students to New Orleans


Good food, beads and other decorations add to the fundraiser’s festive mood.
3Ls Chris Drake and Evan Diamond play jazz music at the fundraiser.

On Tuesday, February 20, students organized a movie screening and Mardi Gras-themed party to raise money for future trips to New Orleans. The event was co-sponsored by Clinical and Pro Bono Office, HL Central, Direct Action Against Poverty, Black Law Students Association, Student Government, and the Dean of Students Office, and organized by the HLS Hurricane Relief Committee.

The event started with a screening of Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke which was well attended and helped to set up the theme for the evening. The reception was more festive with good food and great live jazz music by 3Ls Evan Diamond and Chris Drake. Professor Ogletree made some remarks urging students to find out more information – do some homework – on the issues and stay involved in the efforts. In her speech, Dean Kagan thanked all the students who volunteered to help in New Orleans.

Harvard Law continues to be involved in the region. There are more than 55 students interested in going on a spring break volunteer trip to the Gulf Coast, but there is not enough funding for everybody. Donations were collected, including a substantial donation by Professor Ogletree and his wife. Professor Ogletree is challenging other faculty to get involved and to support students’ efforts. There is plenty of desire to help, but students need to be able to travel to the area.

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