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Reaching out to Students to Help End Distracted Driving

Burton LeBlanc
Friday, September 20, 2013

I was honored to accompany fellow trial lawyer Joel Feldman as he made his first End Distracted Driving presentation Friday in Louisiana – my home state – at my high school alma mater, the Louisiana State University Laboratory School (U-High).

Joel, whose daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009, came to U-High to speak to an auditorium packed with 10-12thgraders about the dangers of distracted driving. It was an incredible experience to watch him speak candidly with the students, giving them information that will empower them to make safer choices as drivers and to feel confident when they need to speak up for their own safety as passengers.

Joel and his wife Dianne established the Casey Feldman Foundation and a nationwide effort, called, to end distracted driving through education and awareness. Hundreds of lawyers have volunteered to speak at their local schools and community groups using the EndDD presentation that Joel developed with scientists and traffic safety experts who specialize in behavior change theory and teen persuasion.

Louisiana is the latest in a growing list of state trial lawyer associations that are working with to help encourage and facilitate presentations in communities with local attorneys. At this point, lawyers throughout North America have given thousands of presentations, touching more than 100,000 lives.

Joel’s work to honor his daughter and improve the lives of families across the country through this safe driving campaign is inspirational. I am proud of Joel and all the members of the American Association for Justice who have volunteered thousands of hours of their time to save lives.

I thank them not only in my capacity as president of the American Association for Justice, but as a father of four daughters.

I look forward to doing everything I can to help Joel succeed in his mission to make our communities safer by ending distracted driving.

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved and make a presentation in your community, please visit