thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful.  We can thank the author of Mary had a little lamb for persuading Abraham Lincoln to establish the national holiday in 1863.  Lincoln understood the power of giving thanks in the midst of our nation’s darkest hour – the civil war.  The Bible tells us to “Give thanks…

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  by Bruce Strom Zombie foreclosures impact individuals and communities.  If you know someone going through foreclosure or are aware of any vacant property in your community, then this information may be helpful to you.  Here are three things to know and two things you can do to help. What are zombie foreclosures? If the…

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by Bruce Strom Thursday the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in Universal Health Services, Inc v. Escobar.  The case may not get much attention but a unanimous court opened a door for victims of fraud.  The case is a prime example of Medicaid fraud – not by individuals but by big health companies.…

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by Crystal Easom Praise God for mothers! Brought into the world by our mother’s labor, taught how to navigate the world through our mother’s wisdom; fed by our mother’s patience, led by our mother’s love. Our mother is the most influential woman in the shaping of our character and she is the woman we honor…

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by Bruce Strom President Reagan famously said, “We declared a war on poverty, and poverty won.”  The problem is we waged the war with the wrong tools.  Welfare did not work.  When President Clinton dismantled welfare he recognized it failed to support four key American values – autonomy of the individual, virtue of work, primacy…

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by Bruce D. Strom No joke.  This is the cover of November’s American Bar Association Journal.  While the article addresses fears relating to work performance, I think it applies with stronger force to pro bono.  Today also happens to be national “Love your Lawyer Day.”  I’m really not making this stuff up. In 2001 a…

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by Bruce Strom A couple of weeks ago, Helen and I were able to spend some time with Stephen and Belinda Bauman.  Stephen is President/CEO of World Relief and recently published a book titled Possible.  I highly recommend it.  The thesis of Stephen’s message is simple:  “With God all things are possible.” Sometimes we forget.…

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This week the United Nations finalized sustainable development goals to end global poverty by 2030.  The 17 goals for accomplishing this objective go into effect in January 2016. All the goals are important.  But I appreciate the international recognition that access to justice is essential to ending poverty.  Access to justice enables and empowers people…

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“The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice.  He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed.”  Isa. 59:16 I wonder if God shares the big profit concerns of large law firms.  This week’s lead story in Craine’s Chicago Business was on the widening justice gap in…

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This week PBS aired a special news report on Medical-Legal Partnerships.   The report demonstrates how the medical profession went from seeing lawyers as adversaries to viewing them as partners.  What prompted the change? Despite what some people think of doctors, most genuinely care about patients.  Doctors and health professionals began to realize that their patients…

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