Law, when practiced right, involves stewardship.

First-year students at La Verne Law got that lesson early when, as a part of the school’s annual First-Year First-Week activities, they put some elbow grease into sprucing up the campus at Roynon Elementary School in La Verne.

The project emphasized the importance of giving back, and the inherent connection between law and community service.

Last year, students volunteered with Shoes that Fit in Claremont, Feed the Children in Ontario, Inland Valley Hope Partners’ Week and Seed project in Pomona, the Upland Lifeline program and School Tools, a nonprofit school that sells school supplies to teachers at substantial discounts.

Helping others is a La Verne Law tradition that has been integrated into academics.

“We want our students to understand and embrace the concepts of stewardship and service as they relate to law,” Professor Marc Roark said. “It deepens their commitment to justice and reinforces the longstanding ethics and standards of the profession to increase access to justice and support the rule of law.”

Dean Allen Easley agreed. “Public service is a core part of La Verne Law’s commitment to our community,” he said. “First-Year First-Week activities are only the start. We hope to produce lawyers who will assume a lifelong commitment to service as a core component of their professional careers.”