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Alice in Wonderlaw a Successful Conclusion to Law Show’s Three Year Partnership with YESS

Hailee Barber (3L)

My colleague’s tongue in cheek assessment aside, this year’s Law Show Alice in Wonderlaw was a great success.  The show presented us with one of the most original scripts in recent law show memory while also seeing the final installment of Law Show’s three year partnership with Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) out with a bang.

For any of you who are unfamiliar with YESS it is an organization that began as a way to fill a gap in services available for youth in Edmonton. YESS’s website states that at the time that YESS was started there was support available for children up to the age of 16, and those 18 and over could access adult support services. However the two year gap between 16 and 18 left a vulnerable portion of the city’s population in limbo, unable to turn to either child or adult services for assistance. YESS has been working towards improving this situation in Edmonton for the last 36 years. Today YESS provides a variety of services and support for people from 15-24 years old. They aim to provide a loving and judgment free space where youth, many who have suffered abuse and neglect, are provided with the support and opportunities necessary to build caring relationships and work towards their goals in life. Basic self-care and life skills are taught, support is provided for mental health issues and addictions, and youth are supported in achieving various levels of education.

This year law show will be able to contribute a substantial amount to YESS thanks to the hard work, commitment, and passion of everyone involved in Law Show.  Executive producer Kaelyn MacGillivray reported that 683 tickets were sold, which is an increase of 50 from last year’s show bringing in a total of $13, 474.90. Additionally the proceeds from the silent auction were up substantially from last year bringing in a total revenue of $4183.  While the total donation amount to YESS has yet to be calculated the amount of money brought in from this year’s show is a testament to the great work of all the individuals who work behind the scenes collecting items for the silent auction, selling tickets, and marketing the show throughout the year.

I’ve been lucky enough to participate in law show all three years I’ve been in law show and it has hands down been my favourite activity.  All of us who participate or buy a ticket to come watch the show get to be a part of an amazing fundraiser while also spending time getting to know and appreciate some of the most talented members of our law school community. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know so many amazing people through law show who I might have otherwise never had the chance to meet, and for that I am immensely grateful.  Like many of the 3L contingent on our way out it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to the Law Show experience. Nevertheless I am proud to have been involved in such a fun and successful fundraiser, and I send a heartfelt thank you to every single person who helped out, whether you spent hours perfecting lighting cues and sound effects, dancing, acting, playing some sweet sweet music or you were hauling cookies and donations into the silent auction.  It is all necessary to put on a great show, and this year Alice in Wonderlaw was just that.