The attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod believe strongly in supporting our community, not just during the holidays but throughout the year. by Jennifer L. Fry, Esq.
Supporting our local community through volunteering is an integral part of our disability practice at Morgan & Weisbrod. Most of the attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod were drawn to this particular area of law due to a high level of commitment to helping some the neediest members of our community who are suffering from disabilities and unable to work. An example of this spirit of volunteerism occurred last December when I volunteered at Dallas Metrocare’s annual Toy Run.
Dallas Metrocare provides critical mental health care services to residents of Dallas County who are unable to afford mental health treatment. In furtherance of Dallas Metrocare’s goal, this agency hosts an annual Toy Run which benefits hundreds of underprivileged and challenged children, some of whom are current patients of Dallas Metrocare and some of whom are the children of existing adult patients. It was a privilege to participate in this event which involved fulfilling these kids’ holiday wish lists by sorting and packaging the items from each list and delivering the gifts to the individuals who loaded them onto trucks for delivery to the children.
It was striking to see the immense need of these families who deal with disability issues on a daily basis. One five year-old boy listed only one item on his wish list, that being a teddy bear. Of course I made sure that his package included more than just a teddy bear. All said, this was such a humbling experience and I can only hope that our efforts made at least a small difference in the lives of these children.
One other example of service to our community involves my work with the Plano West Senior High School mock trial team. This is the second year I have volunteered to be the attorney sponsor/coach for this team and to say that this is a lot of fun and greatly rewarding would be a huge understatement! This year the Plano West mock trial team advanced to the second round of the Region 10 state mock trial competition. These bright and talented kids participate in mock trial as an extra-curricular and compete against better funded teams from other schools who take mock trial as a graded class at their school. This makes our team the comparative underdogs as these kids do this wholly during their free time with mock trial practices sandwiched in between their other multiple extra-curricular activities.
Volunteering and giving back to the community in these ways helps the attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod to better serve our disabled clients by making sure that we don’t practice law in a vacuum and that we all actually remain active and participating members of our local communities.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.