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Trivia Night Raises Funds for UK Legal Clinic

October 5, 2018
By Tatyanna Pruitt

The tradition of Trivia Night continues in full swing thanks to the collaborative effort of the UK Law Legal Clinic and Student Bar Association (SBA). This year, 34 teams rose to the occasion at Campus Pub to raise funds for the UK Legal Clinic by competing in a fun evening of putting their knowledge of law and popular culture to the test.

“The atmosphere is a lot of fun,” said Faith Gingrich-Goetz, Certified Legal Intern, Secretary of SBA and event co-organizer.  “Every year it has been pretty jam packed; it's a good mix of law students, law professors, and staff  at different tables.”

Over 160 members of the UK Law Community came out to answer questions covering  various categories, which included: Legal TV Shows, Kentucky History, Famous Kentuckians, Supreme Court Fun Facts, Fictional Lawyers, Pictionary (Identify snapshots of real and fictional lawyers), Law in Theatre, UK Sports, Kentucky Literature, Science, Legal Movies, and the final trivia question was Legally Blonde.  The teams of five can only have one UK Law faculty or staff member.

This year, Trivia Night raised $ 1,232, with all proceeds going to the Legal Clinic. The funds help cover general expenses, such as filling fees, and  provide Thanksgiving meals for clients and their families. The clients served  by the Clinic are people who cannot afford legal services. The Legal Clinic handles various civil matters fro the indigent clients, such as adoptions, name changes, divorces, wills, trusts, contracts, and landlord/tenant matters.  Professor Allison Connelly has directed the Legal Clinic since it opened in 1997. This year, Professor Connelly hosted Trivia Night for the first time.

“My favorite moment was Professor Connelly hosting it this year because she has such an amazing energy and is really universally loved within the law school. It was a lot of fun having her take the lead,” said Gingrich-Goetz.

The Clinic helps provide real-world experience for third-year law students and gives them an opportunity to participate in the actual practice of law. Students have the unique opportunity to advise, counsel and represent  clients on a variety of civil legal matters, according to Gingrich-Goetz.

The Legal Clinic allows students to integrate their knowledge of substantive and procedural law with practice skills, including issue identification , legal analysis, legal research, interviewing, investigation, counseling, negotiation, drafting, case planning and management, and the recognition and resolution of ethical problems.