TIPS Law in Public Service

Message from the Co-Chairs


“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

 – Fred Rogers

“Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.”                                            

 – Some meme on Facebook

 With a global pandemic, environmental concerns, national civil unrest, high unemployment rates, housing crises, and financial insecurity sweeping the nation, now is the time for the helpers to shine. The Law in Public Service (LIPS) Committee plans and implements real action to effect positive change. As co-chairs of LIPS, we welcome all TIPS members (and anyone else) to get involved with LIPS activities as we endeavor to be ‘helpers’ during a fraught time in our nation.

          As the philanthropic arm of TIPS, LIPS coordinates and organizes opportunities for TIPS members to provide hands-on service at locations and times typically coinciding with TIPS meetings. In times when TIPS can meet in person for meetings, the projects might include volunteering at shelters, food and clothing banks, working with children on educational projects, or with animals in need of care and assistance. As we adapt to remote meetings, LIPS’ work will continue, albeit perhaps in more innovative ways. This year we will focus on developing relationships to impact hunger and food needs at local levels – wherever our members may be – and on a nationwide scale, as well as on long-term planning for ongoing projects involving financial literacy, to extend our reach into communities that need our help and to have a sustained impact as we put our legal knowledge to use for the greater good.

          LIPS does more than coordinate public service and pro bono projects with TIPS General and Special Standing Committees and other ABA Sections. LIPS serves as the TIPS liaison to the ABA Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, as well as other ABA commissions and committees. LIPS also coordinates the selection of the recipient of the Edmund Muskie Pro Bono Award, which honors an individual with exemplary public service work. Thus, together we are all part of a process that is so much larger than the mission we serve and far more impactful on those whose lives we touch and change by our commitment and our actions. We are all in this together… We look forward to meeting all of the helpers on this journey and to the extraordinary work we’ll do along the way!  ! Invite all who have interest – and those who should – to join our party. And as we venture down this path, please let us know who among you, your friends, colleagues or in your network might be so deserving and worthy of our collective consideration to receive he prestigious Muskie Award.

Floyd Holloway & Roscoe Mutz
Co-Chairs, TIPS Law in Public Service Committee

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