Volunteering to Save Lives
Recalling the Volunteerism of 9/11 through Community Service in SchoolsSeptember 08,2016
For the 15th anniversary of 9/11 the American Association for Justice (AAJ) is partnering with End Distracted Driving to inspire trial lawyers to give free presentations in schools to encourage students to make safe choices while driving and to be empowered, educated passengers.
Hundreds of trial lawyers across North America have already signed up to participate in the AAJ Remember and Volunteer campaign, which commemorates the plaintiff trial bar’s volunteer response to 9/11. In 2001, AAJ created Trial Lawyers Care, through which more than 1,100 lawyers provided free legal services for more than 1,700 families who sought help from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
“Working together on this service project, trial lawyers have a chance to save young lives. In our practices we often see distracted drivers killing and injuring people. We hope to help prevent these unnecessary deaths through our volunteerism,” said AAJ President Julie Braman Kane.
AAJ’s Trial Lawyers Care community is comprised of lawyers who are committed to the proposition of doing well by doing good, and who are fostering positive relationships with the public by serving and giving to others in need. Recently, Trial Lawyers Care put out a call for members to help people in Louisiana after the heavy rains and flooding, so that students in affected areas in and around Baton Rouge would have supplies for school. AAJ members responded by both donating more than 300 boxes of school supplies and volunteering to unpack and distribute them to schools and students in need.
For many years now, AAJ members have volunteered locally during the association’s annual conventions. Past convention community service activities have included donating books to elementary schools; providing books, blankets and stuffed animals to homeless children; donating school supplies to a community literacy program; cooking and serving meals for a 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.