‘Ask a Lawyer Day’ coming Saturday
In the opening comments of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys are found the following comments:
“As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice, and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession … A lawyer should be mindful of deficiencies in the administration of justice and of the fact that the poor, and sometimes persons who are not poor, cannot afford legal assistance … Therefore, all lawyers should devote professional time and resources and use civic influence to ensure equal access to our system of justice for all those who, because of economic or social barriers, cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel.” (North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct, .01 (6))
This Saturday, June 8, members of the Rowan County Bar will give of their time in keeping with these comments by providing free legal advice from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All you have to do to take advantage of this opportunity is to come to the Salisbury Mall between those hours, provide some general information about the legal problem or issue that is of concern to you and receive answers to your questions. It really is that simple.
There will be local attorneys available to answer questions about bankruptcy, Social Security benefits, worker’s compensation, personal injury, contract disputes and family law issues, just to name a few of the many topics. We look forward to this opportunity to serve our community.
— Darrin D. Jordan
Darrin D. Jordan, a partner in Whitley & Jordan, P.A., is North Carolina State Bar Councilor for Rowan County (19C Judicial District).
Hooray for Koontz
Kudos to the entire staff at Koontz Elementary School today, Wednesday, June 5. Today was supposed to be Field Day and, as all of you probably realize, it rained! If you have ever been in an elementary school on a day when everyone is supposed to be outside having fun and it is raining — well, you can imagine the disappointment and frustration.
But there was none of that evident when I walked into school at 11 this morning. There was staff everywhere running games, hula-hooping, doing the limbo, and there were children everywhere having lots of fun, smiling and laughing.
I am at Koontz two days a week with my Second Step program, and I have nothing but immense admiration for all the staff today. It is the end of the year; everyone is tired, overworked, stressed and emotional. But today was a day of fun, and it was all due to the hardworking adults that did not let rain stop the fun.
You all need to give yourselves a big high five and lots of pats on the back. No one will forget Field Day 2013 at Koontz. Happy summer vacation to all. You deserve it!
— Lea Silverburg