Boston University School of Law

January 21, 2011

whiskey rebellion
Talent Show winners, The Great Whiskey Rebellion
Jared Markowitz ('11) captivates an outdoor audience with his magic

Legal Fall-ies Talent Show a Magical Success

On November 11, the Student Activities Office (SAO), along with the Legal Follies sketch comedy group and the Public Interest Project (PIP), sponsored the Legal Fall-ies Talent Show. The event served as a fundraiser for PIP, a student group that encourages commitment to public service through grants to students who accept unpaid summer positions in the public sector.

Over 100 students, alumni, faculty and staff were treated to the show, co-hosted by Adrian Guzman, executive board member of PIP, and Christopher Rudy, assistant director of Legal Follies. Judging the talent competition were Associate Director for Student Affairs Josh Cooper, Dean Christine Marx, and Professor Robert Volk.

“The idea for Legal Fall-ies came from Jared Markowitz (3L), who offered to put on a magic show to help raise funds for our summer grants,” explains Guzman. “We decided to expand it to include a number of acts.”

During the show, BU Law students and staff displayed a wide variety of talents, including musical performance, comedy routine, slam poetry, and—of course—Markowitz’s magic show.

“Not only was it fun to do magic tricks for my friends and colleagues, it was a meaningful experience because we were supporting PIP, with both dollars and spirit,” said Markowitz.

The talent show was sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, who provided movie tickets and gift certificates as prizes for the top acts.

“I continually am amazed at how talented and multi-dimensional our students and staff are,” said honorary judge Dean Marx. “The talent show was a great community-builder and a rockin’ good time!”

Coming up for PIP is its annual Auction Gala, its most important fundraising event of the year, which will take place on March 31, 2011, in the George Sherman Union. Also, the annual Legal Follies sketch show is set for Feb. 24-26, 2011.

Events like the Legal Fall-ies Talent Show provide BU Law students with a light-hearted escape from the intense coursework and competition otherwise associated with law school. Given the enthusiasm surrounding BU Law’s newly discovered talents, the show could very well become a fall tradition!

Reported by Joe Mielenhausen

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