A Serving Profession
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...