FORREST FIRM COMMUNITY FOCUS: WOLFE JOINS JUSTICEMATTERS BOARD, LUNCH WITH A LAWYER PROGRAM
July 23, 2015
At the Forrest Firm, we strive to serve our community in a variety of ways. We do this in the same ways as many of our fellow attorneys give back, through membership organizations, pro bono work, charitable giving, and volunteer opportunities.
Forrest Firm attorney Jeff Wolfe, who joined the Forrest Firm in April of 2014, continues to set standards of excellence for the firm, not only in terms of his corporate practice and client service, but also in giving back to the Triangle community. Recently, Mr. Wolfe agreed to join the board of directors of JusticeMatters, a Durham-based non-profit providing empowering legal services for the benefit of our vulnerable and marginalized neighbors.
We are proud that Mr. Wolfe has chosen to serve JusticeMatters, as the non-profit delivers a variety of direct legal services through its staff and a network of volunteer attorneys, specializing in trauma-informed immigration law and family law services that protect children and help survivors of human trafficking and other traumas rebuild their lives. In 2014, JusticeMatters’ Executive Director, Libby Coles, received an appointment from Governor Pat McCrory to head the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission, a group given broad powers to further anti-trafficking efforts in the Tar Heel State.
Another substantial way that Forrest Firm attorneys are able to give back to the Triangle community is through member organizations of our profession, like the Wake County Bar Association (WCBA). Since 1925, the WCBA has served as a voluntary organization for attorneys in private practice, corporate counsel, and the judiciary, to promote professional, educational, and social opportunities. In addition, the WCBA exists to promote the public good through its programs connecting lawyers with both adults and young people.
One such program is Wake County Bar’s Lunch with a Lawyer, a mentoring program pairs at-risk youth with area attorneys for informal lunch meetings throughout the summer months. In its 21st year, the Lunch with a Lawyer program is a great example of how attorneys provide leadership in the community, serving as positive role models for children in Wake County. Wolfe has volunteered for the summer 2015 edition of the WCBA’s Lunch with a Lawyer.
“I am proud to represent the Forrest Firm on the JusticeMatters board and the Lunch with a Lawyer program,” said Wolfe. “Since launching the firm in 2011, James Forrest has built this firm on a strong foundation of community service, spanning a broad range of efforts that honor the area’s non-profits, economic development entities, and a host of pro bono opportunities. Both of these opportunities represent a personal interest and commitment for me in using my time and other personal resources for the benefit of others, as well as giving back through the expertise I continue to build in concert with the other attorneys at the Forrest Firm.”
To learn more about JusticeMatters and its efforts to advocate for survivors of trauma and crime, visit their website at www.justicemattersnc.org.
For more information on the Wake County Bar Association and its events and programs, visit the association website at www.wakecountybar.org.