June-July 2016: Striving to Provide Enough for Those Who Have Too Little
Seventy-five years ago, in the year the Louisiana State Bar Association was created, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” As chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), I personally and kindly ask for help with the upcoming, very enthusiastic and busy year for the YLD. Together we embark on a mission to get young lawyers from every “mapdot” around the state engaged in helping those in our community that “have too little.” I encourage every young lawyer to get involved with the YLD through its statewide projects.
When I ask fellow colleagues why they chose this profession, one of the most common answers I receive is that they want to help people who cannot help themselves. With that altruistic theme in mind, the YLD continues to be very active in our volunteer efforts. The YLD has yearly projects that are extremely effective and make a positive difference across the Bar and the communities we serve. In this coming year, the YLD will continue to sponsor the following projects — high school mock trial competitions, law school outreach program, the Barristers for Boards program, law-related education programs and our extremely successful Wills for Heroes program.
There is no better time to get involved, both to help your state and local bars and your community as well. This past January, the YLD kicked off its statewide “Louisiana64” program. The goal of this new undertaking is to strengthen communication, resources and coordination among all legal communities in Louisiana’s 64 parishes, no matter the size or location.
Reach out to your local council member to learn about the personal and professional benefits you can gain from involvement in the YLD. We all have very busy lives, and it’s not easy to donate our time, but trust me, when you do, the personal satisfaction you will receive knowing you have used your talents to help others is immeasurable. Volunteer today!