For Immediate Release: February 27, 2014
Contact: Roxanne DeMarco
202-965-3500, ext. 9517
Trial Attorneys Help Host City New Orleans During Convention
Washington, DC — During the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Winter Convention, held this year in New Orleans, AAJ members gave back to the city by participating in a Habitat for Humanity build, donating school supplies and giving presentations on the importance of ending distracted driving.
“I am proud to be President of an organization that gives back to local communities, especially here in my home state of Louisiana,” said President Burton LeBlanc.
AAJ members donated school supplies to a literacy program called Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR). STAIR is a volunteer-based, non-profit children’s literacy organization that provides reading tutors for first, second and third grade students in public schools. STAIR was founded in New Orleans in 1985 and has brought more than 300,000 hours of dedicated volunteer service to help more than 6,000 children read and succeed. STAIR operates 28 tutoring locations serving 250 public elementary school students.
AAJ members also presented educational, interactive programs to high school students at four local schools about the dangers of distracted driving. The presentation was developed by trial attorney Joel Feldman and his wife Dianne Anderson who together founded the non-profit organization End Distracted Driving after their daughter was killed by a distracted driver. The program - which trial attorneys across the country have presented to over 150,000 students - delivers sobering statistics about the current distracted driving crisis, shares true stories of the costs of distracted driving and offers simple steps that drivers and passengers can take to help themselves and others around them end distracted driving.
“I am proud to work with Joel and other attorneys across the nation to inform students and parents about the dangers distracted driving poses, not only to themselves but also to others,” said President Burton LeBlanc.