Monday. 8:30 a.m. A white-haired ball of energy scurries into the lobby. I look through the door of my office to see a tiny Korean woman in her late seventies. She announces loudly that she’s three hours early for her appointment, but wants to see “the attorney” now — that’s me. I grab my coffee and release a big sigh.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. If you’ve made a resolution to do pro bono service this year, now is the perfect time to get started! Here are some easy ways to get involved.
- Read the Seattle Times special report on Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, work, and legacy. This site also includes speeches and sermons, personal letters, and photo galleries.
- Learn about the history of MLK Day of Service and find service opportunities near you.
- Read the transcript of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
- Discover volunteer opportunities for lawyers in the Washington legal community, in the general community, and at the WSBA.
- King County’s 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration takes place on Jan. 19, including workshops, speakers, and a rally.
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The recent articles by Naoko Inoue Shatz and Qing Qing Miao from the December 2014/January 2015 issue of NWLawyer served as a good reminder that cultural competence is about more than race and country of origin. Both articles talked about cultural issues in doing business with Japan and China, but they also stressed the importance for lawyers to be sensitive to the many facets of society, business, and opportunity that shape culture. As Sue Bryant and Jean Koh Peters stressed in their work, “Culture is the summation of an individual’s ethnicity, race, gender, nationality, age, economic status, social status, language, sexual orientation, physical attributes, marital status, and a variety of other characteristics.” Sue Bryant & Jean Koh Peters, Five Habits for Cross-Cultural Lawyering, in Race, Culture, Psychology And The Law 47, 47 (Kimberly Holt Barrett &William H. George eds., 2005). Read more
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
It’s the time of year when many people think about giving back. And according to Psychology Today, giving isn’t just theoretically better than receiving – it’s been scientifically proven. In the spirit of giving, we give you some ideas and resources for finding volunteer opportunities in the new year. Good news! There are many, many opportunities out there.