FROM THE PRESIDENT
“Nothin’ don’t mean nothin’ if it ain’t free”
I wrote in my last letter about a few goals that we hope to accomplish before our next annual meeting in February of next year. Our goal of raising awareness of the good deeds that our bar contributes to our community is off to a great start. We are proud to have continued our commitment to help support Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services.
We are also proud to have made a donation to the Turning Leaf Project. The focus of the Turning Leaf Project is to help reduce the recidivism rate of inmates in Charleston, who are making the transition out of prison to life in our community. Victims of crime interact with the inmates in the program to help the inmates gain a fuller understanding of the impact caused by their actions. The inmates learn how to avoid the same mistakes in the future while the victims are given a chance to voice how the crime has affected their lives.
Our support of organizations, such as these, is nothing new. Something new, however, is our dry-erase oversized check and our growing list of media outlets to spread the word. I don’t pretend that these efforts will drastically change the public’s view of lawyers in general. Nevertheless, I firmly believe these efforts are worthwhile.
Also new is the impressive amount of time and energy that Andrew Gowdown has put into free CLE’s for members of the Charleston County Bar Association. In addition to the grand end-of-the-reporting-period “What Works” free seminar, we plan on offering at least four, and possibly five other free CLE’s this year
I was surprised to learn that Janis Joplin did not write the lyrics to Bobby McGee. It was rather penned by Kris Kristofferson and a Co-Author. When I learned of this, I wondered aloud whether Kris charged her any money for the song.