Law School Helps Students, Families Endure Ice Storm

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December’s ice storm, which left more than 90 percent of Durham without power for days, turned the Law School into a shelter of sorts for more than 150 students, faculty and administrators seeking relief from cold, dark homes. The Duke campus, unlike most residential neighborhoods, maintained its power.

Law School administrators took pains to keep students, who had exams to study for, comfortable and safe as the area endured a prolonged blackout. The School made free pizza and coffee available and worked with other campus officials to secure shower facilities for students. Some families even brought their pets to the School.

Officials kept a close watch over children, with some administrators bringing their teenaged children to the School to help with child care so parents could focus on studying or running the building.