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October 19, 2001

SMU’S DEDMAN SCHOOL OF LAW RAISES NEARLY $11,000 TO AID THE VICTIMS OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS

DALLAS (SMU) -- Faculty, staff and students of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law have raised $10,727 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of the September 11 attacks.

Within a day of the attack, Joe Regan, president of the Student Bar Association, and Christopher Hanna, professor of law, began circulating a letter on campus asking for donations.

All of the student law organizations participated in the fund raising. Students set up tables in the common areas to solicit donations and passed around jugs emblazoned with the seal of the American Red Cross before classes. Regan said the effort reached at least 95 percent of the student body.

“Our initial goal was $5,000, which is what we raised after the Oklahoma City bombing, but by the first day we had nearly $4,000,” Regan said.

John Attanasio, dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, says the law school community had a heartfelt and immediate response to the national tragedy. Besides the fund raising for the American Red Cross, law school faculty, staff and students participated in a prayer service and a universitywide blood drive.


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