Home Court 30 Raises More Than a Million for Washington Legal Clinic

Related Attorney(s): Jeffrey M. Schwaber

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Georgetown Law

Georgetown University Law Center alumni magazine Georgetown Law publishes a full court press account of this years record breaking Home Court 30, benefiting the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, which advocates for justice for people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in Washington, D.C. The event - a basketball game pitting members of Congress against Georgetown faculty - was started in 1987 when Stein Sperling partner Jeff Schwaber was a third-year Georgetown University law student and noticed the juxtaposition of one of the nation's largest law schools sitting virtually next door to one of the nation's largest homeless shelters. The first event raised $42,000 growing to over a million dollars for the nonprofit raised. Over the years Home Court has raised nearly $9 million for the Legal Clinic.

Below is an excerpt from their article. You can see the full article here

"The 30th anniversary game of Home Court will not be forgotten in Georgetown Law history. Not because of the winning team (the “Hoya Lawyas”), the humble score (34 to 31) or even the game — although the Lawyas pulled ahead in an exciting fourth quarter to win.

The annual charity basketball game typically pits Georgetown Law professors (the “Hoya Lawyas”) against members of Congress (“the Hill’s Angels”) as a fundraiser for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH). But in the hours leading up to the March 22 game, the original “Hill’s Angels” team was lost to the health care debate.

So Home Court 2017 will be remembered for those who filled in: the Georgetown Law faculty, staff, students, and Hill staffers who made up both teams so the game could continue. The Georgetown Law and Washington, D.C., communities who came out to cheer. The students who had spent years planning the milestone event. In the end, Home Court raised more than one million dollars, a record-breaker from last year’s $646,000.

If the amount of money raised wasn’t impressive enough, there was another unique twist to Home Court 30: Patty Fugere helped plan the first Home Court game in the fall of 1987 for the game in 1988. In 2017, Patty’s daughter Genevieve Fugere Hulick (L’17), now a Georgetown Law 3L, served as co-chair of the event along with Stephanie Ritter (L’17).

The Home Court tradition was born when Jeff Schwaber (L’88), who was then writing a law school paper on homelessness issues, reached out to Fugere, who had by then founded WLCH. Schwaber suggested the idea of a charity basketball game. Why?

“I was walking to Georgetown Law and passing the CCNV shelter, and it seemed like a strange juxtaposition, with the Capitol there, and the idea formulated in my head to put it all together, ”Schwaber says. “I’m a big sports fan, [so it was a logical] idea to have a Congress versus faculty basketball game to raise money to deal with the issue of homelessness…then I met Patty Fugere. We decided to turn it into a fundraiser for the clinic; we set a goal of $10,000 the first year and raised $40,000.”"

Learn more about Home Court and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in the full article

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