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Schauermann Thayer Attorneys Volunteer for Local 2019 Trial Lawyers Care Event

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jul 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Bill Thayer, Brad Thayer, Ben Melnick, and Scott Edwards, pictured with the group.

On Tuesday, June 4, Schauermann Thayer attorneys participated in the Southwest Washington effort of the Washington State Association for Justice's (WSAJ) “Trial Lawyers Care” program.  Scott Edwards, Bill and Brad Thayer, and Ben Melnick all worked with other personal injury attorneys and members of the legal community on the service project.  This year, the effort was working with Share.  The participating volunteers worked in Share's Donation Warehouse on Andresen Road in Vancouver as a group on various projects.  

The main goal was to sort food donations, as Share was in the midst of its Hunger Appeal Campaign.  During the Hunger Appeal Campaign, Share volunteers work to support Share's Hunger Response Programs.

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Our Donation Bin, at the start of the drive

At the Schauermann Thayer office, too, the firm hosted a food donation bin for Share in the days leading up to the volunteer event and for one week total. 

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Trial Lawyers Care is a great organization that originated as a nonprofit launched September 24, 2001, in response to 9/11. In the wake of that tragedy, members of Trial Lawyers Care provided free legal help to individuals and families devastated by the attacks.

Since then, many trial lawyers have chosen to continue efforts to volunteer and help their communities. In Washington, for example, the Washington State Association for Justice's Trial Lawyers Care program provided free legal services to the victims of the Oso Mudslide in early 2014. In past years it has helped with victims of wildfires and similar natural disasters.

About the Author

Scott A. Staples

Scott Staples came on board in 2006 as a clerk during law school, and joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2007. He was made a shareholder in the firm in 2010. Scott graduated, cum laude, from Washington State University Vancouver with a BA in English, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law, with cum laude honors there as well. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of different types of injury cases, including auto collisions, premises liability, animal attacks, watercraft accidents, and construction site injuries. He has appeared, and won, before the Washington State Supreme Court (Weismann v. Safeco, 2012). Scott has volunteered time for the past several years at the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Housing Justice Project. He has previously served on the new member and membership committees for the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), and has acted as chair and co-chair of the WSAJ Clark County Roundtable. He is a member of the Washington and Oregon State Bar Associations, WSAJ and OTLA (state trial lawyer organizations), and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon. Scott was born and raised in Vancouver, attending Vancouver public schools and graduating from Hudson's Bay High School. He enjoys playing recreational basketball and softball, skiing, and spending time with his wife and three children.

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