The Law Firm Challenge, geared to increase the number of attorney-donors under the age of 40, and to raise awareness of the legal service agencies that coordinate civil legal relief for low income residents in Monroe County, kicked off on October 19. Last year’s inaugural Law Firm Challenge raised $11,198 contributed by 176 new donors.
“Based on the information available so far, we hope to surpass both totals this year,” stated Bill Lowe in talking about the efforts of his committee, which includes: Meghan McGuire, Jack Heisman, Sanjeev Devabakthuni, Jeremy Cooney (who headed last year’s challenge) and Anthony Orphe.
The competition, which concludes November 27, includes four categories of participants: Large firms; Medium-sized firms; Small firms; and Public Sector entities. The status, by category can be found at www.vlsprochester.org, under the donate tab, with a link to law firm challenge.
A winner from each category will be determined by the highest percentage of participation.
“We are looking at ways to strengthen our ties with the participating entities,” Bill added. “We want to ensure that the Challenge becomes a fixture within each of the firms and entities.”
The Campaign for Justice has been conducted annually since 1986 raising critical funds to ensure our community’s poor have access to the legal system. With the region’s poverty population expanding, the funding also needs to grow.
By Nora Jones