Advocacy = fighting chance: 2014 “Justice for All” luncheon with touching message
Going on its 6th year, the Fort Bend Lawyers Care fundraiser luncheon, which was held at the Sweetwater County Club in Sugar Land, featured Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture, and he brought a powerful message. He’s also brought to Fort Bend in Richmond what will turn out to be the largest Gallery Furniture.
McIngvale was introduced by event chair Jacqueline Baly at the May 13 affair, where there were no lawyer jokes. But if there had been, this one is apropos. Why won’t sharks attack lawyers? Professional courtesy. Not a laughing matter as it takes the tenacity of a lawyer much like that of a shark, and as an advocate to make for a fair fight. That’s what Fort Bend Lawyers Care (FBLC) does when it responds to the legal needs of the community’s low-income residents by providing free civil legal services.
The nonprofit started in 2006 by the Fort Bend County Bar Association as there was no local group to handle the legal needs of the area’s low-income residents in the county.
The organization’s President Will Colgin highlighted this noble effort in his address.
Essentially, the attorneys with FBLC represent a “voice for the voiceless,” said McIngvale, much in the same way as the advocacy that occurred for a loved one, who prevailed, as shared in a personal story by him.
There were standouts during the annual program including the 2014 Susan Bartholomew Service Award presented by the FBLC Executive Director Sharon Steckler to Larry Wayne Harrison for his extraordinary service to the community. Harrison is one of the founders of the free legal services program.
Scott West with the West Law Firm, the presenting sponsor of the event, with major parts underwritten by the Springer Law Firm and Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey, P.C. were central to the fundraiser. KTRK Channel 13 Anchor Art Rascon emceed.
FBLC has a LegalLine that offers free advice by phone to low-income Fort Bend County residents “y se habla espanol.” There is also a monthly family law legal questions workshop for low-income citizens of Fort Bend, and for military veterans or the spouse of a veteran with civil legal questions, there is a FBLC’s veterans program. For inquiries and to pre-qualify, call 281-239-0015.
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