LEL Committees Promote Pro Bono at Midwinter Meetings
In keeping with the LEL Section's commitment to pro bono, standing committees conducted a variety of pro bono events or fundraisers as part of their midwinter meetings. Section leaders attended committee meetings and promoted pro bono activities. They encouraged nominations for the Section's Frances Perkins Award. The ABA's initiative to combat human trafficking was offered as a potential focus of members' pro bono efforts. Attendees were also asked to share information concerning significant pro bono activities. Here are a few of the specific meeting activities and fundraisers:
- At the Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, there was a presentation during plenary sessions promoting pro bono work and nominations for the Francis Perkins Award. In addition, the committee conducted a silent auction of Employee Benefits Law, 3rd Edition, autographed by the three Senior Editors. The winning bid was $500.00. These funds were donated to a pro bono legal services provider, the National Veterans Legal Services Program. Project Salute, the project sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division that pairs lawyers with veterans to assist with applications for disability benefits, was also discussed.
- A team of attendees to the Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee in Miami Beach, Florida, served dinner at Camillus House and also prepped for the weekend's meals. Through a raffle, the ERR committee also raised over $2000 for Camillus House, which is enough to fund housing for two families for four months. The meeting also included a program soliciting nominations for the Frances Perkins Award.
- The National Conference on EEO Law coordinated with the Civil Rights Museum in Savannah, Georgia in a fundraiser to benefit the Museum. The Museum also co-sponsored the opening program.
- An auction of items donated by attendees at the Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA in Carlsbad, California, combined with other contributions, raised over $3000 to benefit North County Community Services of San Diego. NCCS's mission is to provide programs that educate young children, support working families, provide food, and create opportunities to improve the quality of life for local low-income residents. At the same location, the Practice and Procedure under the NLRA Committee collected over $800 in donations for the local Fill-A-Belly organization. At their meeting in Coronado, California, the ADR in Labor and Employment Law Committee collected donations for the local Dress for Success in San Diego and ultimately raised enough money to provide "head to toe" business attire for six women looking to return to the workforce.
- At the meeting of the Technology Committee in Berkeley, California, Claudia Gomez from Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) spoke about and raised funds for her organization. MUA is a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. Ms. Gomez's presentation was followed by the Committee Co-Chairs' encouragement of the conference attendees to donate to MUA. This being the Technology Committee, a link with the information on how to donate on-line was forwarded to all attendees.
The Pro Bono Work Committee applauds the standing committees for the variety and success of the pro bono and other charitable activities at their midwinter meetings. We look forward to working with the committees to make plans for pro bono programs and fundraisers at next year's meetings.
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