PGCBA Celebrates Lawyer Volunteers

PGCBA Celebrates Lawyer Volunteers

At the November general meeting, the Law Foundation will present its annual awards to attorneys who have made significant contributions assisting poor and low income residents with civil legal needs. Every year the Law Foundation awards give well desired recognition to attorneys and legal service providers for their pro bono representation, which constitutes hundreds of hours of volunteered services. The Law Foundation of Prince George's County has itself been recognized at the state level for its diverse programs.

One of the well kept secrets of the legal profession is the generosity that attorneys show in volunteering their services. Private attorneys give their time and expertise taking on clients and cases. Attorneys in government positions contribute money to various organizations to support the good works. Lawyers make personal financial sacrifice to work for non-profit organizations assisting the poor. The spirit of volunteerism and community service is not limited to legal services. Lawyers give their time sitting on boards of community organizations. They coach little league teams. They mentor teenagers for mock trial competitions. They serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the homeless. They hammer and paint to repair homes for the poor and the elderly. Attorneys are at the hospices preparing wills for dying patients. Thoughout the community, Prince George's County lawyers contribute to the care of the poor, the education of the young, the strength and fabric of our society.

This edition of our Newsletter recognizes some of our legal organizations which provide volunteer lawyers to our community. This edition will spotlight some of those groups. Our November meeting will recognize some of the individuals who have made major pro bono contributions. We would also like to thank all of the lawyers who volunteer their time and use their special skills to make a difference to the less fortunate residents. Every attorney who volunteers acts as a role model for the community and enhances the reputation of the legal profession. For that, all our volunteers deserve our appreciation.

Julia B. Weatherly

Circuit Court Judge