Allegheny County Bar Association Asks Its Members to Impact 250 More Residents in October

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 30, 2008. Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced the start of its Impact 250 program, a special community outreach program which will run throughout October. The program, which is in honor of the city of Pittsburgh’s 250th birthday, is designed around bar association members impacting at least 250 additional area residents during the month.

According to Jay Blechman, president of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “While our attorneys are already volunteering thousands of hours annually to our communities, we thought that one way to honor our city’s 250th birthday was to dedicate October to raising the bar even higher than we normally do in the areas of community and legal services. Our community and business leaders and government officials have worked really hard on planning events and programs to pay tribute to our city’s birthday, and we just wanted to find some way to give back to our great city. We have asked all of our members to consider doing at least one more thing this month so we can impact the lives of more people.”

Blechman said that Impact 250 will include bar members organizing and participating in community programs, speaking to community groups, and getting valuable legal information to those who need it. “Surveys indicate that this year seven out of ten households may need the assistance of an attorney, and we want to make sure they know where to find that help.”

Some of the programs and events already scheduled include:

  • On October 6, the bar association will go live with 18 and the Law, a new website for teenagers and young adults about the laws they need to know when they turn 18. The site address is
  • Bar members will present several This is a Joke – Making Fun of Others is Not! programs at area schools. The program teaches students the difference between a good joke and bad one, why making fun of others is wrong, and why our differences make us special.
  • The Public Service Committee will hold a clothing drive, Calling All Suits, to collect 250 business suits for clients of Project Employ, a professional development and career training course for County residents who were previously homeless or incarcerated.
  • Military and Veterans Legal Advice Day, a four hour call-in show to provide legal assistance to active and veteran military and their families, will be held on KDKA-TV on October 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee will celebrate Conflict Resolution Day on October 18 by distributing tips on how to handle conflicts and mediation.
  • The Workers’ Compensation Section of the bar association will be raising funds to benefit the Light of Life Rescue Mission.
  • The bar association’s Attorneys Against Hunger campaign, which has collected more than $700,000 for several city homeless shelters, will kick off its 16th campaign in October.
  • The bar association will introduce new What You Should Know commercials that provide important legal tips to area residents.
  • Association members got Impact 250 off to an early start with the Backpack Project that provided 400 backpacks to students in the city’s Grandview Elementary School and another 50 backpacks to children staying in the city’s homeless shelters.

Additional programs will be announced. For more information about any of these programs, call the Allegheny County Bar Association at 412-261-6161.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.