Saturday, May 24, 2014

AAJ's Report to Congress Included in National September 11 Museum's Collection

I'm a member of AAJ, and today there is this news:

When the National September 11 Memorial & Museum officially opens its doors to the public today, the American Association for Justice’s Trial Lawyers Care report to Congress, “Thousands of Heroes, The Rest of Us Could Only Help,” will be part of the museum’s collection.

Trial Lawyers Care is a non-profit organization created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to provide free legal services to any family who applied for help from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. This effort was the largest pro bono legal representation project in history.

Trial Lawyers Care counseled 4,000 families. More than 1,100 lawyers provided free legal help to more than 1,700 families who applied for financial help. Lawyers provided a combined total of more than 100 years of service on these cases. The report to Congress details the story of this pro bono effort.

“I am so proud of the work American Association for Justice members have done through Trial Lawyers Care, and I am encouraged that their efforts to serve and give voice to the voiceless continue,” said President Burton LeBlanc.

The volunteer spirit of the plaintiff bar continues through the American Association for Justice's present day Trial Lawyers Care initiative, which encourages and highlights the volunteer and community outreach projects of trial lawyers. One of the leading projects is End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org), a non-profit organization started by Philadelphia trial lawyer Joel Feldman. EndDD educates people about the many forms of distracted driving and how to make safer choices when driving. To find out more about additional projects and stories, visit TrialLawyersCare.org.