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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2015

“Providing volunteer legal services for qualifying low-income and indigent clients is the one service that sets our Association apart from every other non-profit in the community.” “...more than 1,800 qualifying clients were assisted through the Help Desks last year alone.” ers Compensation Section, for example, agreed to provide volunteers for the Help Desks for a full month each year. Other sections have worked to support the Program, including the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Commercial Law, Federal Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners, Women Lawyers and Young Lawyers Sections. Providing volunteer legal services for qualifying low-income and indigent clients is the one service that sets our Association apart from every other non-profit in the community. There are, of course, many good and noble causes worthy of support, but only we, as lawyers, can facilitate the fundamental right of access to justice. I challenge each of your to reflect on your good fortune of education, license, knowledge and ability, and consider how you can help our society reach the threshold ideal of “and justice for all.” Many law firms and individuals have already stepped up to support the BBVLP’s “Champions for Justice” campaign, and if you are not among them, please give it some thought. There are necessary administrative costs that the Program incurs each year, to provide the organization and support required to facilitate volunteer counsel/advice and/or representation. And financial contributions to the BBVLP are well worth the investment. According to a recent independent report commissioned by the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, the contribution of $1.00 to the BBVLP results in an immediate and long-term financial benefit in the amount of $12.38, which is calculated from future cost savings and additional tax and other income to the community. A 1,238% return on contribution is impressive! The BBVLP is rapidly becoming a benchmark organization on how best to deliver volunteer civil legal assistance, and without question deserves the national recognition it has received. To help celebrate this during National Pro Bono Month, the Bar will sponsor the first annual “Pro Hops Vino!” event on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:00pm, in the 14th floor lobby of Baker Donelson’s offices, and I encourage you to join us. The celebration will bring together members of our legal community and colleagues to taste exceptional wines, craft beers, and gourmet food from local restauranteurs. It will also celebrate you as lawyers, and the tremendous difference that you make, and can make, in our community. All proceeds, of course, will help to sustain the BBVLP and its important work. I hope you share my pride in the recognition that the Birmingham Bar and its Volunteer Lawyers Program has received, and I look forward to seeing you next month as we celebrate pro bono! G Congratulations to the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program for receiving the Prestigious Harrison Tweed Award from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants for its outstanding work in providing civil legal assistance to citizens of Jefferson County! L-R, Don Saunders, Nancy Yarbrough, Lisa C. Wood, and BBA President Steve Casey Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2015 9


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2015
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