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Students smashed paper plates filled with whipped cream into goofy smiles from teachers eager to help Elon Law’s Pro Bono Board raise money for community outreach programs.

Cassandra Saxton The 23 offers a plate of whipped cream to Acting Dean of Elon Law, Alan Woodlief, as Professor Scott Gaylord looks on.

Dozens of students participated in a group of faculty and staff mentors as part of a May 20 lunchtime program to benefit an Elon Law organization focused on helping the community.

Elon Law’s Pro Bono Board ‘Pie Your Professor’ event raised nearly $300 to benefit the student group’s ongoing work, including community service events, food drives , working with the county’s Teen Court program and reading programs at local elementary schools.

“I was trying to think of fun and creative ways to involve students in fundraising,” said Samantha Hepler L’23, Pro Bono board member and lead event organizer. “It was a nice stress reliever so close to exams while raising money for our work.”

Elon’s law professor, Tom Molony, was the “poorest” faculty member of the afternoon.

Eight faculty and staff stepped forward to be trampled by dozens of students on the “E-Lawn,” one block north of the main law school building:

  • Acting Dean Alan Woodlief
  • Professor and Principal Investigator Steve Friedland
  • Professor Scott Gaylord
  • Professor Tom Molony (more on Molony below)
  • Mindy Cyr, Director of Academic Success Programs
  • Jenny Lane L’15, Director of Bar Exam Success Programs
  • Haley Mendola, Academic Success Skills Specialist
  • Megan McMechen, Administrative Assistant at the Student Success Office
Mindy Cyr and Megan McMechen of the Elon Law School Success Office were among those who volunteered to participate in the Pro Bono Board’s “Pie Your Professor” fundraiser on May 20, 2022.

Three other Elon Law faculty members – John Flynn, Katherine Reynolds and Srikanth Reddy – made donations to support pie supplies.

Students who paid $5 per plate praised the effort and at least one described the event as “money well given.”

“They are lawyers and often seem so distant from us,” Daniel Warren told L’23. “It was so cool to see them outside of class and having fun! »

That brings us back to Molony, who took more pies in the face than anyone else that day as “a compliment,” and his prowess at contract negotiations. Molony agreed to participate on the condition that real apple pie be used rather than whipped cream.

The Pro Bono Board raised nearly $300 by selling plates of whipped cream to Elon Law students who had no trouble putting them to good use.

When he learned that Hepler’s husband was an executive sous chef and had baked the apple pie, he changed the terms of the contract. Whipped cream would do just fine.

“I thought that rather than having the pie in the face, I would eat it!” laughed Molony. “Our family devoured it in less than two days – and it was pretty good.”

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