It’s that time again: the fridge is clear of holiday leftovers, the gym is packed, diet commercials abound, resolutions have been made. A few may even already be, well, not broken exactly. Let’s just say chipped. Yes, merely a chip. As in chocolate.
It is the beginning of a new year, of a new decade, even. It is time to start afresh, to take the opportunity to improve ourselves, our families, our homes, our work, and our communities. After all, our communities are extensions of ourselves, our families, our homes, and --- particularly for lawyers --- our work. As I take this time to make the changes that I want to see in myself and the world around me, there are some people to whom I can look for inspiration. Here are just a few whom I have gotten to know in the past few months.
Jason Chan, Esq., a general practitioner --- and former Assistant District Attorney and former legislative aide for Senator Richard T. Moore, Chairman of the Legislature's Committee on Health Care Financing --- in Boston, MA is a board member for a language school, the Kwong Kow Chinese School, as well as the Governor's Asian American Commission.
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Amie Peele Carter, Esq., of Baker & Daniels Indianapolis, IN, is a regular participant in fundraising walks to support research and education to find a cure for cancer and works for ovarian cancer awareness and is a member of the P.E.O., an organization that promotes educational opportunities for women. Amie also has a blog, Find Your Equilibrium, that provides good information and observations about balancing life and humor with work.
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Kelly B. Neubauer, Esq., of Jackson & Torrone, PC in Holyoke, MA, is a Board Member for Nueva Esperanza, an organization that helps youth become educated, motivated leaders. In fact, all of the attorneys at Jackson & Torrone, PC are involved in community outreach, including volunteering for Homeless Overnight Shelter and working with the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Massachusetts, Providence Ministries for the Needy, and the Homeless Legal Advocacy Project.
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John J. Ferriter, Esq., of Ferriter & Ferriter, LLC of Holyoke, MA, World Affairs Council.
Jack is Past-President of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Saint Patrick's Committee and the Children's Museum. He is also a recipient of the George E. O'Connell Award for distinguished service, the Louis F. Oldershaw Community Service Award, as well as a Special Service Award from the Northeast Public Power Association. Jack serves or has served as a board member of the Hampden County Bar Association, United Way, YMCA, Day Nursery, and has volunteered for Providence Hospital, Holyoke Hospital, Mount Saint Vincent, Loomis House Retirement Communities and the Heritage Park Merry-Go-Round.
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Robin F. Wheeler, Esq., Attorney and Executive Director of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission is currently on the board of MHA SC, Social Media/Communications Committee and chaired the Blog subcommittee; serves on the SC Bar's Pro Bono Committee; and serves on NAMI Mid-Carolina Walk 2010 committee.
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James A. Thomas, Jr., Esq. of Minor & Brown PC in Denver, CO describes himself as a lawyer for human-owned business, the economic backbone of America. Husband. Daddy. Community builder. Kazoo player. He also has a great blog called No Funny Lawyers.
Jim focuses on children’s causes as President of the Board of the internationally acclaimed Colorado Children’s Chorale where 1500 children annually learn important life skills and give joyful, beautiful voice to humanity’s hopes and aspirations, service to Kempe Children’s Foundation, The Children’s Hospital Foundation, Stanley British Primary School, Washington Park Early Learning Center, and the Boy Scouts of America’s Denver Area Council. Jim has been a proud participant in and supporter of community leadership development efforts such as the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and its Leadership Denver program and National Arts Strategies. Jim serves and has served his church, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, in numerous capacities, including leading its Pastor Nominating Committee.
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Andrew McRoberts, Esq., of Sands Anderson Marks & Miller in Richmond, VA, serves as a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 710 in Goochland, Virginia. McRoberts is also a deacon and active member of the First Baptist Church of Richmond. Andrew is also the author of Virginia Local Government Law, a blog that covers legal issues of Virginia's local governments and is intended to be of interest to Virginia local government lawyers, chief administrative officers, elected and appointed officials, local government staff and citizens.
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G. Wythe Michael, Jr., Esq., Founder at Ramey | Michael Business Law Group PC, a firm that opened this month, and who was until recently a Shareholder at Hirschler Fleischer in Richmond, VA, has served 4 years as an Upward Basketball coach. Upward is a youth basketball program sponsored by Christian churches. A bible lesson is given during each practice and each child is ensured equal playing time each game. Teamwork and respect for authority (ie, no booing the referees) is stressed. Also, in the league sponsored by my church, each coach also helps out with referee duties. For the past six years Wythe has also spent time coaching soccer and little league, from T-Ball (generally 5 year olds) up into Minors (9-10 year olds). Teamwork, responsibility and good sportsmanship are important parts of coaching for Wythe, as well as advocating for equal playing time.Wythe says, “I often find I am rushing out of the office at 5 pm (or even at 4.30 sometimes!) for practices/games. This can be disruptive but is worth the investment of time as almost every child improves their skills during the season in some way and becomes more confident. Hopefully we set a good example and the larger lessons of teamwork, respect for authority and good sportsmanship will carry with them. In the end, it is also a lot of fun.”Follow Wythe Michael on Twitter
These are just a few of the lawyers whom I know who are making a difference and whose stories I hope will encourage others to do the same. Please join me in continuing to learn more about citizen lawyers at our newly updated hub on the web for Virginia is for good lawyers.
originally posted January 08, 2010, edited January 11, 2010 for inaccurate position title