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The shark-y lawyer stigma leads many to feel disconnected and even fearful of their local legal professionals. While perhaps mildly amusing to some, this perpetuation of stereotypes can be quite detrimental to law firms across the nation. In this day and age, it is important that attorneys be involved in their communities.

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This leads many to take on a variety of leadership positions in their community. Some attorneys take places on their county boards, illustrating a compassion for the problems their area may face. Some move into politics. Others get involved in philanthropy. Patricia M. Jarzobski, attorney at law in Colorado, partakes in Big Brother Big Sister programs in Denver. She donates to St. Jude’s to help fight pediatric cancer, and has raced in a number of athletic events that benefit local and national charities alike. She co-founded an organization for women in law, the Colorado Women’s Bar Foundation, that recognizes women who make a difference in their communities.

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Some attorneys rely on their good name to get them clients. Others put striking effort into their past, present, and future client’s lives outside serving as their legal help. Take Mark Shalloway, for instance. In West Palm Beach, Mark Shalloway is well known as one of the top elder law attorneys. His dedication to his work and his clients makes him a sought-after attorney, but he is so much more than that. Shalloway wants to make a positive impact on his community, and he does that through education.

Once a month, Mark Shalloway and staff members at his firm, Shalloway & Shalloway, host informative seminars about a number of topics surrounding elder law. This could be anything from estate planning, to wills and trusts, to guardianship issues. These seminars are free of charge, and are simply designed to help the people of his community be educated on topics many of us are not. When the time comes to make these sorts of decisions, the people of Palm Beach will be educated, something that is highly important when it comes to the welfare of oneself or a loved one.

When all else fails, there is another way lawyers can prove they care. Pro-bono work is a classic way many attorneys give back to their communities. Some people are unable to afford the sky-high fees that come with legal situations, but this does not mean that they shouldn’t be allowed access to the best attorneys in the business. When attorneys are unable to give extra time and resources, pro-bono work is the best way for an attorney to become a staple in their community.