Dec. 9, 2014 -- The Law Center faculty and staff kicked off the holiday season with song and good cheer Monday with musical performances by Professors Marcilynn Burke, Jessica Mantel, and Sapna Kumar and staff members Samuel Barker, Robert Gonzalez, and Abraham Roberts. Kristen Guiseppi organized the party and Erma Bonadero, director of the externship program, emceed. Festivities included an ugly hat contest won hands down by Jim Lawrence, director of the Blakely Advocacy Center, wearing a spirited green knit cap with gum drops, a bulb, and dreadlocks, and an ugly sweater contest won by Professor Jessica Roberts who planned her winning entry for months and threw it together an hour before the competition. The gathering sang several traditional holiday songs with Dean Leonard M. Baynes leading a rendition of “I Have a Little Dreidel” in celebration of Hanukkah. The dean plans to make the party – and talent show – an annual event.