President’s Message: June/July 2012

I think I was about 9 years old. In addition to his full-time employment as a police officer, my father plowed snow during the winter months. My brother and sister and I would come with him from time to time. One of the driveways my father would plow belonged to an elderly couple. This time, my father made us scoop the snow off their sidewalk. When the gentleman offered my siblings and me money for scooping the snow, my dad insisted that we not take it. I am sure I shot him my worst nine-year-old girl look, as the visions of what I could buy with that money were dashed.

At that point, my dad said to me “Anjie, you do not get paid for everything you do in life, nor should you. There are things you do not because it will earn you money or recognition, but because it is the right thing to do”.

Recently, the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project learned that its funding was decreased once again from IOLTA. This time the cut was 30 percent from last year’s amount.  This means that in the past three years, the funding from IOLTA has decreased by 70 percent.

The Polk County Bar and the Polk County Bar VLP have a plan of attack to make up the short fall.  We are planning a black-tie fundraiser for the fall and will be attempting to receive grants. The annual fundraiser, the Bench-Bar golf outing, which is scheduled for June 8, is more critical than ever. Finally, the boards from the PCBA the VLP will be reaching out to all members not only to continue to take cases, but also for donations.

As lawyers, we have been given the power to assist people through the legal process. And as my father taught me on that cold snowy day, that power should be shared with those who are less fortunate, not because it will earn you money or fame, but because it is the right thing to do.

As lawyers, we have been given the power to assist people through the legal process. And as my father taught me on that cold snowy day, that power should be shared with those who are less fortunate, not because it will earn you money or fame, but because it is the right thing to do.