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Since its inception in 1982, the Foundation has played a leading role in underwriting the provision of pro bono services to the greater Fairfax community, educating and promoting the Rule of Law among our youth and providing the underprivileged the necessary tools to make the judicial system accessible to everyone. These important functions and the Foundation's other accomplishments would not be possible without the assistance and financial support of our legal community.

 

The First Hour Campaign is one of the Fairfax Law Foundation's primary fundraisers. We ask you, as practicing attorneys, to donate the value of one billable hour to help us underwrite the Foundation's pro bono and public service efforts.

 

Your contributions, and your time, make all the difference to the FLF's ability to promote the ideals of justice and community stewardship that we all believe in.  Please find below the 2019-2020 campaign letter from the Fairfax Law Foundation's President, Julie Curran Gerock.

 

Dear Colleague,

 

The Fairfax Law Foundation promotes equal justice for all in Fairfax County. As the charitable arm of the Fairfax Bar Association, the Fairfax Law Foundation pursues its commitment to creating a more just society by working towards equal access to the justice system and providing law-related education opportunities throughout the Fairfax County community. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation relies on the financial support of people like you to fulfill its’ mission.

 

As President of the Fairfax Law Foundation this year, I ask you to donate the value of just one billable hour in support of the Foundation’s annual First Hour Campaign. While individually the value of one hour may not sound like much, collectively, with the support of each member, it can make a tremendous difference for our community. With the privilege of being an attorney, each and every one of us has a duty and obligation to provide support to those in need.

 

By donating the amount of at least one of your billable hours, you will help to support the Foundation’s critical role in funding pro bono services to people in need in our community through the operation of the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center. In FY 2018-2019, the Foundation’s award-winning pro bono program served 1,245 clients with a value of donated legal work equaling $738,350.

 

In support of the Foundation’s mission, the Foundation also sponsors law-related education programs, including court tours that bring local students to the Fairfax County Courthouse for a first-hand look at how our judicial system operates, mock trials and other programs that introduce students to the rule of law. Last year, more than 3,612 students were impacted by these programs.

 

The Foundation also helps to support the Fairfax Public Law Library and the conciliation program which serve thousands in our community. The Law Library is available for use by both the public and those in the legal community, representing an important resource which promotes justice through access to legal information. Our conciliation program helps to facilitate amicable resolution of conflicts and reduce crowded court dockets. During the past year, the conciliation program coordinated the efforts of volunteers who contributed in excess of 505 hours, performing 540 conciliations, with a 75.5% resolution rate.

 

As a busy attorney in Northern Virginia, I know that time is your most valuable resource. But without your help, the Foundation would not be able to support these necessary and important programs. For lawyers who are unable to fulfill their pro bono obligation through direct legal representation, the First Hour Campaign offers a powerful alternative by supporting important programs that provide free legal services to the underserved. While we live in one of the most affluent areas of the country, we must acknowledge that there are many who live in this same community who are considerably less fortunate. It is our duty and responsibility as attorneys to provide service to others and to reach out and help those who do not share in this county’s abundance.

 

As Charles Dickens said, “Charity begins at home and justice begins next door.” Please join me in supporting the Foundation’s pro bono and public service efforts.

 

Simply fill out the First-Hour Campaign donor card and return it to the Foundation, or visit our website – www.fairfaxlawfoundation.org – to make an online donation.

 

If you know of any lawyers who have had a special impact on our community, in your life, or to the profession, please consider making a donation in their honor. You may identify them by name in the memo field of your check, in a note with your donation, or in the “donor comments” section if you are making your donation online. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

If you are also interested in supporting the Foundation through your commitment of time and leadership, please contact me.

 

Regards,

 

Julie Curran Gerock, Esq.

President, Fairfax Law Foundation

 

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