Raising the Bar with The Florida Bar
March 17, 2013
By: Kim Brimm
Managing Editor, Tampa Bay
Members of the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Bar Association Law Student Division and The Law Student Division of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division participated in the Florida Bar's Community Service Day. Cooley students volunteered alongside lawyers and other community volunteers in the Florida Bar's Annual Raising the Bar Event.
Over 20 volunteers helped bag and deliver more than 350 lunches to Pinellas Safe Harbor which serves as shelter for the homeless who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Every year the Florida Bar plans a statewide community service event where attorneys and law students volunteer and give back to their communities. This year law students from 12 of Florida law schools participated in events that included a youth conference, a book drive, and cleaning up of local landmarks.
This is the fourth year that the Young Lawyers Division has put on the "Raising the Bar" event and it has grown bigger and bigger each year. Law Schools participated in a community service event with many of them joining together in their volunteer work.
Ashley Sybesma, Law Student Division co-chair and member of the Young Lawyers Divison Board of Governors, told the Florida Bar News that she hopes that people in the legal community will take advantage of the opportunity to volunteer
“Talk to any lawyer and most will tell you that they are quite busy and have a hard enough time balancing work and their home life, let alone find time to do volunteer work,” Sybesma said. “Then talk to anyone who regularly volunteers in their community and they will tell you that the extra time and effort spent doing such activities is worth it and makes Raising the Bar a great and convenient way for lawyers to get involved when they normally might not seek out such an opportunity for themselves.”