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Newly Formed Student Legacy Foundation Supports Students During Finals

May 11, 2015

“Free coffee? Ya, I love it,” said Rebecca Orloff, 3L while grabbing her coffee and snacks, provided by the newly formed Student Legacy Foundation, before heading back to study for finals. “It’s just the little things like this that make students feel appreciated.”

This effort to show appreciation began when several TJSL students formed the Good Feelings Committee in an effort to boost student morale and foster positive feelings. They later partnered with the Alumni Relations Department to create what is now the Student Legacy Foundation (SLF).

“Out of a need to shift the culture in a new direction and collaborate with alumni, the Student Legacy Foundation (SLF) was created,” said Stephanie Marquez, Director of Alumni Relations. “Working with the student leaders of the SLF has been an incredible experience. It is such a wonderful feeling to hear students at the free coffee events during finals week express their sincere gratitude and appreciation for these simple gestures we have put together.”

Alumni Board Secretary, and long-time supporter of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Phil Shapiro ’85 said, “I am always happy to help students navigate through law school, even if it is as simple as passing out coffee and encouragement during finals.”

Nacia Castaneda, 1L said the efforts did not go unnoticed. “Thank you for the cookies and taking the time to treat the students. It makes me feel appreciated and important.”

Priscilla Askar, 3L seconded that sentiment. “It was nice to take a coffee break while studying at the student lounge. It was convenient, time saving and very much appreciated.”

As Director of the Alumni Relations Department, Marquez says she is honored to work with such a talented, driven and exceptional group of students who are committed to their studies and who represent TJSL’s future alumni. “Another great benefit of the Student Legacy Foundation is having an avenue to directly connect students with alumni in order to continue to build those relationships and connections,” said Marquez.  

Marquez invites everyone to the next Alumni Mixer being held on Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Bottega Americano located in the lobby of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law building. “Mixers are held the first Thursday of every month and all students and alumni are welcome.”