ACC STL Chapter Participates in 2019 National Pro Bono Month
By: Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications LLC
The Pro Bono Committee identifies pro bono and community services opportunities where members can become involved in a variety of projects. Provided below are highlights of ACC-STL members' pro bono involvement this past year:
· Throughout the year, ACC-STL volunteers work with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's Community Economic Development Program (LSEM-CED), which provides free business legal assistance to entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding small businesses that provide a benefit to lower-income communities that Legal Services servs and to non-profit entities that promote community development to benefit lower-income individuals. On Oct. 17, the ACC-STL and LSEM-CED partnered to hold a workshop, "How to Start a Small Business," at St Louis County Library.
· In March, ACC-STL volunteers in coordination with Legal Services and Thompson Coburn held a Business Legal Clinic for small business owners and entrepreneurs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Roundtable discussions were held with volunteer attorneys and followed by legal clinic sessions with clients who had questions on individual small business matters.
· In April, ACC-STL members collaborated with Legal Services, Husch Blackwell and the Family Care Health for National Healthcare Decisions Day where volunteers offered a free legal clinic to assist low-income individuals in Missouri with Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Healthcare Directive forms.
· In May, the ACC-STL partnered with the Veteran Justice Outreach Program, the VA St. Louis Healthcare System, and Missouri Attorney General's Office Military Assistance for the Veterans Wills Clinic where 40 veterans and their spouses received free legal counsel on wills, living wills and power of attorney valued at $35,000 or less.
· In late October, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) held, "Celebrate Pro Bono 2019," a workshop that offered training to local attorneys to support the ACC-STL clinic at Legal Services and to enable members to take on other representations.
About the ACC STL:
The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL) was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 550 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 30-year-history, the ACC STL has grown to become one of the leading chapters in the country having been selected as a 2017 Gold Level Award recipient and winning the 2018 Best Membership / Recruitment Award. To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/
Ann Marie Mayuga