The Harrisburg campus Trial Advocacy Honor Society
sponsored a Wills for Heroes event on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Wills for Heroes program provides free wills, living wills, and powers of attorney documents to first responders’ and their spouses, significant others, or partners. After a one-hour appointment, the first responders leave with a fully executed set of estate documents. There were 28 volunteer attorneys present on Saturday along with 7 volunteer notaries and 30 students.
Jennifer Silva, the student event coordinator, confirmed that there were approximately 53 wills that were fully executed. “Seeing how grateful each first responder was for the event made all the effort and hard work worth every second,” she said.
Second year student, Melanie Drozjock, explained that this was her second year participating in Wills for Heroes, saying, “I do it because of the people we help. Even though the process can be tense for these first responders, every single person I met has been grateful for the opportunity we've given them to plan ahead for their loved ones. This program is the perfect way for both the community and we as law students to give back to these people who put themselves in harm’s way every day to assure our safety.”
Amanda Muhaw, also a second year student, agreed that the program was a success. “As each responder left, they looked as though a weight had been lifted off of their shoulders. Each participating responder expressed a deep and sincere gratitude towards all of the volunteers on their way out, making it all the more worthwhile.”
The first Wills for Heroes at the Harrisburg campus was held in April 2010. The Trial Advocacy Honor Society intends on holding one each semester.