Georgetown Law School faculty and staff took to a different kind of court Wednesday night, facing off against members of Congress in the 25th annual Home Court basketball game.
The charity event, held at Trinity Washington University, pitted the Hoya Lawyas against the Hill’s Angels, which is comprised of members of Congress.
The event’s proceeds will go to the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, an organization made up of more than 200 attorneys who volunteer their services to help homeless clients.
According to Patricia Fugere, executive director and co-founder of WLCH and a graduate of both Georgetown College and Georgetown Law, proceeds from the game account for between a quarter and a third of the organization’s annual budget.
“I can’t imagine that we would even be here now had we not had the support of Home Court over the years,” she said.
This year’s event raised $941,532.86 for WLCH, more than double the $414,000 raised last year. Most donations come from members of the District’s legal community.
WLCH provides legal services for D.C.’s homeless, helping them gain access to public benefits, shelter and permanent housing. The attorneys also act as advocates for long-term solutions to the issue of homelessness in D.C.
“Tonight’s game is a great opportunity to help provide a voice to those who are voiceless in the legal system,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), a member of the Hill’s Angels.
The Angels edged out the Hoya Lawyas to win the game, 50-47.
Laura Donohue, an associate professor of law at Georgetown Law and a member of the HoyaLawyas, has participated in Home Court for three years and said that the game is a way of demonstrating Georgetown’s Jesuit value of service.
“We have this mission of social justice and this game shows how [the students] live that,” she said.
The event also included a silent auction set up in a space adjacent to the basketball court, and spectators this year were treated to a performance by Lawcappella, the Law School’s student a cappella group. Jack the Bulldog also made an appearance.