Kay Wolf, '75, Builds School in Cambodia

Sipping wine at the beach last summer, Orlando lawyer Kay Wolf (class of 1975) was reading an inspiring book and had an epiphany that would lead to building a school in a rural village in Cambodia that bears the name of her law firm: The FordHarrison School.

Working on writing an article on educating women in Third World countries, Wolf was rereading the best-selling book by husband-wife Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Wolf focused on a chapter about Bernard Krisher, who retired from Newsweek and founded World Assistance for Cambodia, and is quoted as saying it’s easier to educate girls than rescue them from brothels. Krisher created the foundation that helps donors build schools in the poorest areas of rural Cambodia for $15,000 each.

Wolf thought: “I could raise $15,000! What a great opportunity for the firm!”

Read more about her venture in "A Florida lawyer’s summer daydream builds a Cambodian school" (The Florida Bar News, Volume 40, Number 5).