The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers' Section and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, working with S.K.I.P.-MI, Inc. (Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents), will host a community outreach program called S.K.I.P. To Make A Difference on Saturday, August 27, 2005.
The event will be held at the Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. At least 30 volunteer attorneys are needed to serve as buddies for the program participants.
The mission of this program is to provide an opportunity for young children who may have had a negative experience with the court system to gain a different perspective about attorneys and the law. According to Angelique Strong Marks, the program's co-chair, "Our young people often have a negative experience with the legal system, be it with the police, lawyers, or judges, and they stop believing in the system and that any good can come from it. As attorneys, we need to help our young people restore their belief in the system and know that they can become involved in the system as adults and help make a change."
The program will begin at 12:30 p.m., with presentations from attorneys on how they became attorneys to make a positive difference in the legal system and the world.
Following the presentation, the S.K.I.P. participants will pair up with an attorney "buddy" to participate in a social activity and to discuss any questions they may have about the law. A light meal will end the program.
Solon M. Phillips, the program's co-chair, encourages attorneys to volunteer: "Attorneys have the ability to change the world. It may not happen with one big case or one big ruling; instead it may happen by changing the life of one person. You have an opportunity to do that by volunteering to help!"