Every Summer, the LAF Young Professionals Board hosts a special reception for the law students and interns working with LAF, to thank them for their service to the agency and provide them with opportunities to remain engaged with us beyond the term of their time with us. Check out the photos from this summer’s event on our facebook page.
This year, we had a great group of summer associates from LAF and a few of our YPB-represented firms joining us at Esquire Deposition Solutions for an evening of Revolution beers and informal networking. LAF Executive Director Diana White spoke about the importance of supporting legal aid, and the benefits it can yield to a young professional:
“…I encourage you to get involved wherever you end up in the legal aid work being done in your community. Believe me when I say that your future employer is never going to look at your pro bono and philanthropic activities and say “that person just isn’t leadership material.” You might not always succeed in garnering their support for your efforts, but if you are brave enough to ask the firm’s pro bono coordinator to meet with the agency you’re supporting to talk about collaborating on a case, or brave enough to ask the marketing director to sponsor a fundraising event the agency is hosting, the worst they can say to you is no. And a no is just that – a no. It’s not a rejection of who you are and everything you stand for. And oftentimes a no one time isn’t a no always – it’s worth it to learn everything you can about your company’s philosophy on pro bono service, and its budgeting practices for company charity initiatives, so you can use that information to turn a no into a yes. I’m willing to bet – and I’m pretty sure the members of the YPB in this room would agree with me – that the people who step up and show a commitment to something higher than themselves also demonstrate other qualities that are in high demand these days in the professional world: namely an openness, persistence, and even fearlessness that have become critical skills in this new age of business development and client-focused service. The people who make decisions about your future are definitely taking notice of people who set themselves apart from the herd. Be one of those outliers, not only for yourself, but for the people like the ones we see each and every day at LAF.”
LAF would like to thank YPB member Megan Garvey of Esquire Deposition Services for hosting our event this year, and everyone who came out to celebrate another fantastic summer of service from our students.