Mercer University lawyers are serving their communities in a variety of ways during the pandemic. We are proud to tell their stories of service.
- Butler Wooten and Peak has formed a nonprofit called BWP Cares to purchase meals from locally owned restaurants supporting front-line medical heroes. As of mid-May, BWP Cares had delivered almost 17,000 meals in Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, LaGrange and Macon and raised nearly $80,000. Several BWP alumni include: Partner Brandon Peak, ’04, Brooke Peak, ’04, Joseph Colwell, ’13, and Chris McDaniel, ’14.
- Ivy N. Cadle, ’07, has flown COVID-19 tests to testing centers in North Carolina and Florida as an Angel Flight Soars volunteer pilot, which allows patients to receive faster results.
- Darl H. Champion Jr., ’07, and his firm, The Champion Firm, P.C., donated 25 new laptop computers to Campbell High School to distribute to students who did not have access to a computer at home.
- Ronald E. Daniels, ’12, delivered 22 dozen cupcakes and 20 dozen doughnuts from local bakeshops and cafes to health care workers and other front-line workers at the Dodge County Hospital in Eastman. He and other community volunteers also gave away $1,000 worth of gift cards from small businesses in Eastman.
- D. Jordan Josey, ’16, donated convalescent plasma as a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma therapy is an experimental option utilized by physicians to combat the most severe cases of COVID-19. Josey, who was infected in March, was able to make a full recovery.
- Joseph Sumner, ’03, coordinated volunteers in identifying elderly, home-bound and economically-vulnerable residents of Johnson County, who were impacted by the shelter-in-place policy. The group of volunteers shopped for necessities and delivered them to their neighbors and ensured their utility bills were paid. They also donated funds to establish a tab at local restaurants for law enforcement, firemen, first responders and emergency medical personnel to have a hot meal at no cost to them.
- The Young Lawyers Division doubled its efforts to raise funds for the food banks in Georgia through the Legal Food Frenzy. Among our alumni leading the effort were Bert Hummel, ’12, president-elect of the YLD, Ron Daniels, ’12, treasurer of the YLD, Justin Oliverio, ’10, Virginia Josey, ’16, Morgan Lyndall, ’18, Veronica Rogusky, ’18, and countless others throughout Georgia.
- Forty-four alumni and friends gave during “A Week of Caring,” raising $7,100 for Mercer Law to provide assistance to our students who are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Mercer Law produces lawyers who are committed to serve their communities. The stories of our alumni who give back during the pandemic reinforce their commitment to serve. We are grateful to all our alumni who offer their time, resources and encouragement as we navigate these difficult circumstances together.
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