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Women for Justice: Community and Political Outreach

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Recently, the Women’s Caucus of ALAJ got together in support of its community outreach project, the Christian Women’s Job Corp (“CWJC”) of Alabama. The Alabama CWJC is a non-profit, faith-based agency where women in need are equipped for life and employment through job-readiness classes, computer classes, GED training, Bible study, and mentoring from other women.

At last month’s ALAJ Mid-Winter Conference, the Women’s Caucus held a fund-raiser and clothing drive for CWJC. I want to thank the women of ALAJ for taking time out of their busy schedules to bring donations of cash and clothing to the mid-winter seminar in support of this effort. The clothing drive was held to gather professional attire and accessories for CWJC participants. In addition, money was raised which provided seed money for Linda Henry, CWJC’s State Coordinator, to assist her in setting up two additional sites in Alabama. However, this fundraising effort was just the beginning and I call upon our membership to continue its support, through contributions of funds, as well as clothing, of this wonderful organization. It is this type of much-needed support that assists CWJC in its mission to help women in need break the cycle of poverty in their lives.

It is not too late to contribute to CWJC. To make a contribution, checks can be made payable to the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation (“ACJF”) with a notation that the funds are earmarked for CWJC. We still hope to raise an additional $2,500.00 towards our goal. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nikki Taylor with ACJF at nikki@acjf.org.

For more information concerning CWJC, you can visit their website at www.alabamacwjc.com. The website will provide you with CWJC sites in your area, as well as a detailed “needs- lists” for this organization. Feel free to also contact me directly at helms@martinhelms.com, or by telephone at (256) 539-1990, if you are interested in volunteering in this wonderful organization.

Another important event organized by the Women’s Caucus of ALAJ is Lobby Days. The entire ALAJ organization works extremely hard to achieve its mission of making sure that there is a level playing field in our system of justice. On April 8 and 9, the Women’s Caucus will host its third annual Women for Justice Day in Montgomery. I urge you to participate in this process. As lawyers, our practices and our clients’ future are governed by the rule of law. This is your opportunity to have a positive voice at the State House to address legislative issues which directly affect your practice and your clients. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with legislators and be a positive voice for ALAJ and the legal community as a whole. Our involvement has been welcomed by the legislators. I can assure you they truly appreciate the interest and involvement from concerned constituents.

I urge the readers to encourage others to join the Women’s Caucus of ALAJ. I also want to invite our membership to attend Women for Justice in April of this year. If you would like to attend, please contact Brenda, at Brenda@alabamajustice.org. I hope to see you in April.