President's Message, 0219 UTBJ, Vol. 32, No. 1. 9

Author:by H. Dickson Burton
Position:Vol. 32 1 Pg. 9
 
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President's Message

Vol. 32 No. 1 Pg. 9

Utah Bar Journal

February, 2019

January,

2019

Lawyers:

A Serving Profession

by H.

Dickson Burton

We have

just finished a wonderful time of year, which most of us hate

to see go (though it does seem to come around again more

quickly every year). What makes the season so warm and

memorable is undoubtedly the extra emphasis on service and

giving. It seems that at the end of the year, we try to

consider, more than at other times, the plights and burdens

of those around us. We consider how we can do something,

however small, to lighten those burdens. I am in particular

awe of the service many in our profession give at this time

of year - and throughout the year. Indeed, I am convinced

that service is a hallmark of our profession.

Leonard

Burningham is one great example of a lawyer providing

extraordinary service. For twenty-nine years Leonard, along

with Lincoln Mead, a long-time former employee of the bar,

and many others, has volunteered countless hours organizing,

managing, and providing much labor to gather food, clothing,

and cash donations from lawyers, law firms, their employees,

court personnel, and others. Many of you have contributed to

this food and winter clothing drive and do so every year. The

many donations have benefited various charities and shelters

in our community, particularly serving those in greatest need

of the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. Thanks Leonard,

for your years of remarkable service.

There

are many other and even countless examples of attorneys

serving in our community in diverse ways, and not just at the

end of the year. Attorneys are giving of themselves

throughout the year to lift up individuals and communities at

food banks, charities, shelters, youth recovery and rescue

organizations, and church groups. Many lawyers volunteer on

community councils, non-profit boards and political

organizations, youth sports groups, and on and on.

I know

attorneys who spend time every week serving meals at homeless

shelters and often organize other attorneys or family members

to join them. Others spend regular time as big brothers and

big sisters to at-risk youth. One prominent attorney friend

donates perhaps twenty hours or more every week to Boy Scout

troops organized in local refugee communities. His efforts

benefit literally hundreds of young men newly arrived in what

is, to them, a strange new country. This attorney's

donated time often includes hours of free legal advice and

help to the refugee families as well.

I have

also come across a number of attorneys who donate time to

local youth sports clubs and organizations on boards and

panels as well as administrative positions in those groups.

And of course countless attorney moms and...

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