Washington, DC – During the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Winter Convention, held this year in New Orleans, AAJ members volunteered their time in the city by assisting Covenant House, a non-profit organization founded to address youth homelessness in New Orleans.
“Covenant House offers unconditional 24/7 care to runaway children who have experienced trauma and we were honored to lend a helping hand to this sanctuary,” said AAJ President Bruce Stern. “Trial lawyers care about local communities and it was our privilege to spend time volunteering in New Orleans.”
At Covenant House, over 20 attorneys, including AAJ Treasurer Sean Domnick, cleaned up the grounds of the facility, cleaned kitchen and dining areas, washed windows, and organized clothing and donations. AAJ members capped off the day by serving lunch.
Activities were coordinated by the Trial Lawyers Care Committee, an AAJ membership group comprised of lawyers across the country who are committed to making a difference in the communities where they live and work, in conjunction with members of the New Lawyers Division, Minority Caucus, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, and LGBT Caucus. AAJ members also contributed new clothing items and personal hygiene products to residents of Covenant House.
Giving back locally during the convention where members gather for educational and networking opportunities reflects their beliefs and is an important chance to foster positive relationships with communities across the nation. During past conventions, AAJ lawyers have participated in many different community activities including donating books to elementary schools; Habitat for Humanity builds; providing blankets, books and stuffed animals to homeless children; donating school supplies to a community literacy program; cooking and serving meals in a summer community program; sorting food and bagging groceries at food banks; organizing canned food drives; building houses and cleaning parks; providing supplies at veterans shelters, and giving presentations at schools on the topic of ending distracted driving.