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Asa Hutchinson advocating volunteering for the elderly

By: 15 March 2011 One Comment

Rogers Attorney Asa Hutchinson is a busy guy and has been for some time. Still, he still finds time to spread the message that attorneys should volunteer some time to make sure that every Arkansans has access the courts.

Former President Ronald Reagan appointed Hutchinson as a U.S. attorney in 1982 and Hutchinson became a congressman representing Arkansas’ 3rd District in 1996. He was appointed administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration by former President George W. Bush in 2001 and was confirmed by the Senate as the first under secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Hutchinson was the Republican nominee in the 2006 Arkansas gubernatorial race and lost to Mike Beebe. He’s on the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project and is the senior partner of the Asa Hutchinson Law Group.

Hutchinson has been a lawyer since 1975 and said he’s learned over the years that attorneys have an obligation to help everyone obtain justice through the legal system. To that end, he has agreed to act as a spokesman of sorts for Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly, which is part of Arkansas Legal Services Partnership’s ongoing efforts to make sure people have access to the courts.

Hutchinson will take part in the “An Hour with Asa Event” at the Siloam Springs Senior Activity Center on March 24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (click here for directions). The free event is open to the public and Hutchinson will encourage seniors to take advantage of services available to them throughout Arkansas through Volunteer Lawyers for the Elderly.

Hutchinson said the elderly are, quite often, underserved in terms of legal services. Many of them don’t have a will or basic estate planning, are hounded by unscrupulous bill collectors or become targets of scammers who prey on the elderly.

Hutchinson said he hopes he can encourage the elderly to seek out legal help, particularly since there are a lot of services in this state available to people regardless of income. Also, he said attorneys will embrace his message and give some time to helping the elderly handle their legal problems and needs.

“I’ve always believed it’s an obligation … to do some pro bono services,” he said. “I hope that all lawyers will participate in some fashion in providing legal services to those who cannot afford them, and most lawyers do.

“We’re not just drawing a paycheck and making money. We care about contributing to the American justice system and helping people obtain fairness in our courts system.”

Hutchinson said more events may follow in the future and he will certainly be out spreading his message — the elderly deserve effective legal representation and need capable lawyers to volunteer their time and help everyone obtain access to the courts.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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