The Washington and Lee University chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), a law service fraternity, won the Outstanding Community Service award presented by the PAD international organization. W&L received the award based on the success of the group's annual charity auction, which last year raised over $28,000 for local charities.
During the PAD auction, students bid on items donated by Law School faculty, staff and students, including meals and outings with professors and bar prep course tuition vouchers. The auction has raised nearly $130,000 for local charities and other initiatives with the last eight auctions.
The proceeds from last year's auction were split amongst several organizations, including HoofBeats Therapeutic Riding Center, Meals for Shut-Ins, and the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic. Other local organizations to benefit from the auction in the past include the Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center and Project Horizon, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Some of the auction proceeds also go to help provide scholarships for W&L law students working in public interest positions.
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is the largest professional law fraternity in the world. Established in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta was the first law fraternity to open membership to all genders, races, creeds and national origins and, the first to establish a Pre-Law Program to assist undergraduate students interested in the law.