Inaugural ‘Jog for Justice’ Was Fun for All
Over 150 law students, professors, lawyers, their kids, and dogs hit the pavement of the Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis on behalf of the public interest. Sunday, October 10th was a bright, clear Fall morning for the inaugural Jog for Justice, sponsored by Equal Justice Works (EJW). According to 3L Emily Benfer, one of the event’s organizers, the jog was a success and raised over $6,000 for EJW’s Summer Scholars and Loan Repayment Assistance (LRAP) programs.
Although participation was the key and no one was really looking to break any world records for speed, the first person to cross the finish line was Sarah Bitomsky, an LL.M. student originally from Australia, who is also a top athlete and an Olympic hopeful. She finished the 2-mile course in 11 minutes. Unfortunately she is a prospect for the Australian team, not the American one.
Benfer says, “For me, the most fulfilling moment was watching the runners take off from the starting line. The expressions on participant's faces ranged from determination to happiness. Everyone - ages 0 to 70 - appeared to be having fun. You can't ask for much more than a group of people enjoying themselves while at the same time they are giving - and making an enormous difference for public interest law!”
Next year EJW hopes to build on this year’s success by increasing participation, doubling the proceeds, and spreading awareness about public interest law.
For more photos of the event: http://mypage.iu.edu/~kresler/photos/JFJ04/index.html