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February 2015 Bar Bulletin

KCBF's Breakfast With Champions: The How-To Manual

By Todd Bowers

 

So, you're new to town? Or, maybe you're not new to town, but haven't really done much in the way of attending various bar-related events? Well, it's time to change that and honor two of the cardinal rules of our profession: Giving back and having fun. It's time to Breakfast With Champions!

You're a little nervous? Not sure what goes on at the Breakfast? Never fear. It's simple and a lot of fun. Here is your one-stop guide on how to "do the Breakfast."

Let's start with the basics. The King County Bar Foundation's Breakfast With Champions - to be held on March 26 at the Seattle Sheraton - is the largest, single, annual gathering of attorneys in Washington. There is a good reason for that: the mission of the Foundation, and the civil legal aid and diversity programs it supports.

The Foundation raises funds to support the King County Bar's Pro Bono Services programs, as well as promoting diversity in the legal profession. Pro Bono Services encompasses a variety of programs that provide legal assistance to low-income and indigent King County residents, including representation in family law, eviction, bankruptcy and other matters.

Last year, the funds raised by the Foundation helped 1,300 attorneys provide more than 36,000 hours of legal assistance to more than 10,000 people - services valued at $6.6 million. In addition, the Foundation also gave $136,000 in minority scholarships to 53 students at the law schools at Seattle University and the University of Washington.

Now you know it's a great cause. And you're committed to attending. Here's how to make it happen.

The doors of the Seattle Sheraton will swing open at 7 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, March 26. Show up then, grab some coffee and catch up with friends and colleagues for the next 30 minutes. I promise that you'll run into friends and colleagues at the Breakfast that you rarely, if ever, get a chance to chat with the rest of the year. It's also a great way to make new connections and acquaintances.

The actual breakfast part of the Breakfast begins at 7:30, when they'll ring us to our assigned tables. If you haven't already been asked to sit at a particular table, the Foundation will get you set up at a table. Better yet, why not sign up to be a Table Captain and organize your own table of 10? It's an excellent way to show your support for the programs the Foundation supports and introduce those friends and colleagues to one another you've always been meaning to get together.


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