CBA Record September-October 2021
Y O U N G L A W Y E R S J O U R N A L
resolution proposing a federal ban against no-knock warrants that was approved, without opposition, by the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA this past February. Currently, the RJC is working with the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section to further refine the resolution before presenting it to the ABA’s House of Delegates. The RJC experience was unthinkable when I started practicing five years ago. But starting off small gave me the confidence to branch out and not only realize what I wanted to do to continue serving others, but also how my previous skills allowed me to do the necessary work and lead others. You too have that ability and power, whether you are a law student, a junior lawyer, a managing partner, or a judge. Therefore, this pro bono month, I encour- age you to discern your calling in the law and understand that you have a voice and part to play in ensuring access to justice, no matter how much or how little experi- ence you have. There is a legal aid or social justice organization out there for you that would be grateful if you operated a phone line, handled a legal research assignment, observed a protest, or even accepted an appointment as settlement or trial counsel. You can also start conversations with your firm, company, or organization if they lack a pro bono department. No matter what you do, your words and your actions matter. That is because small ripples reverberate to create lasting change: for you, your clients, your community, and even your nation. Kenneth Matuszewski is an Associate at Gold- berg Segalla LLP, where he focuses his practice in intellectual property litigation; he is also the Member Services Manager of the YLS and a co-founder and Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Coalition.
YLS ChairTracy Brammeier with aWills for Heroes client at a pre-pandemic in-person volunteer day.
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