Each year, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) presents the Trial Lawyers Care Award to an exemplary AAJ member who serves the community and fosters positive relationships with the public through volunteer activities.
The 2017 honoree is attorney Jennifer Greene of New Orleans.
(Jennifer Greene, 2017 TLC Award Honoree)
In August 2016, devastating floods hit Louisiana, killing 15 people and displacing 30,000 others. All told, the state suffered losses of more than $10 Billion. Hardworking folks lost everything in the state’s worst disaster since Hurricane Katrina. Families watched as their belongings, including their children’s backpacks, literally floated out of reach.
In the immediate aftermath, attorney Jennifer Greene did not hesitate. She immediately began brainstorming with fellow attorneys about how to help. Replacing school supplies seemed important, and do-able. While families began the long process of rebuilding their homes and their lives, their children could at least be prepared to go back to school right away.
A colleague suggested the attorneys coordinate with Trial Lawyers Care. Once connected, they moved mountains in mere days.
Within two weeks, lawyers from across the country answered Jennifer’s call and a team of volunteers in New Orleans had unpacked and organized 800 boxes of school supplies and filled backpacks for hundreds of kids. Louisiana’s First Lady, Donna Edwards – herself a teacher – brought Jennifer’s volunteer effort together with Team Comeback Kids to get the backpacks distributed.
Every child who received one of Jennifer’s backpacks surely had a little bit easier time getting back to the normalcy of life.
(School supply donations from trial lawyers over the course of two weeks)