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Women’s Law Caucus and UK Law Professors Team Up to Raise Money for Markey Cancer Center

November 28, 2016

The University of Kentucky College of Law Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) recently teamed up with three UK Law Professors to host “Cocktails Against Cancer,” a fundraising event to benefit the Markey Cancer Center.

In its second year since its inception, the event raised over $900 from ticket sales and donations.

So exactly how does the event work? UK Law professors cover all costs for the event and all proceeds go directly to the center. This year’s event was hosted by Jennifer Bird-Pollan, James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law, and co-hosted by Christopher Bradley, Assistant Professor of Law, and Marianna Jackson Clay, Visiting Professor of Law.

"WLC is beyond grateful to have such great professors who also love to give back,” said Emmy Daunhauer, Social Service Chair for WLC. “Having opportunities to get to know professors outside of the classroom is one of the biggest draws for students and we love partnering with them for that reason.”

The student organization greatly enjoys the annual event because it gives them an opportunity to give back to an important cause, one that hits close to home for some of its members.

"For me personally, I have had many members of my family affected by cancer and I really love that the money donated to the Markey Cancer Center goes toward research and treatment for many different types of cancer. I think it gives the event a more global purpose that anyone can relate to,” said second-year law student Daunhauer.

"Cocktails Against Cancer” was held at Professor Bird-Pollan’s home on October 20.

"Seeing how many students made a donation to the cause by purchasing a ticket and took time from their busy schedules to participate, and seeing how many faculty made donations and took time to join for the evening, gave me a strong confirmation of what I already know: our students and faculty care a lot about each other and our community, and about doing good in the world at large,” said Professor Bird-Pollan. “It was a great event that is wonderful example of what a unique and special community we have at the UK College of Law.”

The Markey Cancer Center was founded in 1983 and is a dedicated matrix cancer center established as an integral part of the University of Kentucky and the UK HealthCare enterprise. In July 2013, Markey was designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to receive research funding and many other opportunities available only to the nation’s best cancer centers.