Pro bono work is volunteer legal work that attorneys perform for free. In an industry where time is money, lawyers often ask – why should I bother?
1. You have a responsibility.
Generally, there is a sense that attorneys have a responsibility to use their special skills to give back to the community through pro bono work. All bar associations in the United States strongly encourage lawyers to perform pro bono work. Some states even require it, particularly for law students seeking admission to the bar.
2. Your help is needed.
There are many people and organizations that would not have access to legal advice and advocacy if weren’t for pro bono work. Many people simply cannot afford legal services. Others are incapable of advocating for themselves – such as children, severely disabled individuals, the elderly, or victims of abuse. If you don’t help them, you must wonder who will.
3. You will feel good about it.
Performing pro bono work will give make you feel great. You will feel proud to know that you were able to use your skills and experience to assist someone who really needed it. You will walk away with a warm and fuzzy feeling.
4. You can pursue your passion.
You can choose to perform pro bono work that will benefit a cause that aligns with your passions. If you are passionate about animals, you can take a pro bono to benefit abused animal or perform legal services for an organization that benefits animals. If you are passionate about criminal rights, you can take a pro bono case to prove a wrongful conviction or perform legal services for an organization that fights police brutality.
5. You can get more experience.
By performing pro bono work, you can gain more experience in an area that you otherwise would not have the opportunity to work in. For example, if you are a corporate transaction attorney, chances are that you will not gain experience in civil rights unless you perform some pro bono work. Thus, pro bono work can broader your career horizons and skill set in ways that your traditional practice cannot.
This has become a huge debate within the past year. I remember when I was a kid, I would see women breastfeed in public all the time. I have always had a high level of morality, but I never saw this as a bad thing. I don’t understand why it has become such a controversy lately. Regardless, I do feel like breast feeding should be allowed in public.
I have noticed a lot of men complain about this topic. As a woman, I will never understand how men can have such strong feelings about things their bodies will never go through. It is very hard to understand something that you have never experienced. I do not have any children yet, but when I do, I plan on breastfeeding. I am not completely educated on how it works, but I do know that it is something that is not as simple as putting a formula in a bottle. I am not saying that to belittle or put down women who use formula for their babies. The fact that you carried a life and are taking excellent care of that life is all I care about.
I said that to say, women who breast feed are trying to do something that they feel will benefit their kid in the long run. It is not an easy task. They try to pump and do what they can, but sometimes, they just have to do what is convenient for them. I wish people would consider that when they are judging them. If some moms are able to breastfeed in the comfort of their home 24/7, then that is good for them – but that is not the case for every mom. You do not know what every parent’s situation is.
A lot of people also complain about women who do not cover up their breasts as they breastfeed. Because I worry about the impact of children seeing that, I can understand that argument. That being said, breastfeeding is not meant to be a sexual act. It is a mother trying to feed her child. Maybe she did not have a cover-up at the moment, or maybe she just doesn’t care because all she is focused on is feeding her child. Regardless, she should not be kicked out for that. As another article that I read said, the baby pretty much covers everything. Furthermore, if it bothers a store that much, the employees should leave a visible sign that expresses that women who breastfeed must cover-up. Completely banning them from breastfeeding however, should not be allowed.
What are your thoughts on breastfeeding in public? Leave a comment down below!
Earlier this fall, Met’s closer Jeurys Familia found himself embroiled in scandal when he was charged with domestic violence. This was exasperated by the fact that he had been recently featured in an anti-domestic abuse campaign advertisement. In the video, Familia says that he is not a fan of domestic violence and is featured alongside other athletes that are both male and female. Since the scandal broke, the advertisement has been pulled from the campaign.
The Mets responded by saying that they were investigating the incident. Major League Baseball has recently implemented strict domestic violence suspension policies that require fines and a loss in salary. In May, the Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was suspended fifty-two games, forced to give $100,000 to charity and repay $7 million of his salary that he had already received this season. This was despite the fact that Reyes had only been indicted for domestic violence and not actually convicted.
Not many details have yet been released about Familia’s case, but it seems to be less severe than the charges against Reyes. Reyes allegedly caused injuries to his wife’s neck, thigh and wrist by slamming her against a glass door. The complaint in Familia’s case does not identify the victim, but it is presumably either his wife or his infant child. It also says the visible injuries observed by the police were a scratch on the victim’s chest and a bruise on the victim’s cheek. While Familia has a wife and young child, it does not identify how either would have received the injuries.
It is expected that more details will be released in the months following his arrest, both from the MLB as well as the court proceedings. Since the MLB does not need to wait until conviction, it is possible that Familia will face a penalty from the MLB on the basis of charges alone. This is controversial because supporters may argue that Familia is innocent until proven guilty. While this is true in a court of law, Major League Baseball is no such thing. In order to play, athletes will be required to agree to the policies of the Major League so that they cannot seek legal recourse.
While much media attention is usually given to domestic violence in the NFL, some studies suggest that it is more rampant among baseball players in the Major League. Instead of comparing sports, it is important to consider the qualities that make athletes more susceptible to domestic violence charges in order to prevent them.