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Yale Law Students, The Playwright, Collaborate on Haiti Relief


(L-R) YLS students Aaron Zelinsky, Sohail Ramirez, Nabiha Syed, Playwright owner Eamon Ryan, Playwright manager Katrina Lynch, and student Kristin Burgess.

Yale Law School students and The Playwright Irish Pub and Restaurant in New Haven teamed up to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. At an All-school party at The Playwright on Thursday, February 4, Law School students were encouraged to donate the cost of a drink, or more if they wished, to the Haiti relief effort, and The Playwright donated a portion of their liquor sales for the evening. The amount collected from the event totaled $685. Law School organizers said it was a way to make the party not just enjoyable, but meaningful.

“Given the stunning, amazing outpouring of support from the Law School community, it seemed only natural to pair our fundraising efforts with a Law School social tradition,” said Yale Law student Nabiha Syed ’10.

“The Playwright has hosted numerous events with Yale Law School over the years so this was a good opportunity for us to work with Yale in an effort to raise money for an exceptional cause as is the Haiti Relief Fund,” said Playwright manager Katrina Lynch.

The Playwright event was the culmination of a special Haiti fundraising effort organized by Yale Law students that began on January 25 and ran through February 4. Students took part in a Class Challenge marathon, with first years, second years, third years, and grad students competing to see which class could raise the most money for charitable organizations providing aid to Haiti. Students—as well as staff and faculty they manage to recruit—donated on behalf of the class of their choice to such organizations as the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Internal Rescue Committee, MedCorp International, Partners In Health, Rescue Union Mission, Salvation Army in Canada, and UNICEF. The Class of 2010 prevailed in the competition, contributing $9,101 out of an impressive $20,628 raised.

“We are so proud of the determined efforts of our students to organize aid and assistance in the wake of this terrible tragedy,” said Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77.

Beyond the financial support, Yale Law School students are planning a panel discussion later this month to consider the future of Haiti and are also examining ways to support legal programs related to Haiti.