Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

    Yesterday was the national holiday celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.  The President has encouraged Americans to honor Dr. King's memory with a national day of service and I spent the afternoon in an Alaska Bar Association outreach advising persons with limited means on a variety of legal problems. 
    The persons I spoke to had legal problems involving condominium dues, credit card debt, wrongful termination, and workers' compensation among others.  What was most striking to me was that complicated legal issues exist regardless of income levels and how even minimal access to a lawyer can help the citizenry negotiate the bureaucracies we all encounter in our daily lives.
    Accident claims are not the only complicated legal issues we face.  As always, each of us has to play the cards life has dealt us as best we can.