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April 24, 2012

Mike Pound: Lawyers, law officers, take up worthy cause

There is a great Warren Zevon song titled  “Lawyers, Guns and Money” about a guy who needs someone to send him — follow me here — lawyers, guns and money.

Generally speaking, if you need one of those things something might be amiss. If you need all three, you likely are in deep Limbaugh.

But not always.

Let’s say we’re talking just about lawyers and money.

And let’s say that we’re also talking about lawyers trying to raise money for a really good cause.

In that case, things aren’t so bad. In fact, they’re pretty good.

OK, I’ll admit that might have been one of the lamest ways to write my way into a column about a fundraiser sponsored by folks associated with the Jasper County legal system, but I really like the song “Lawyers, Guns and Money.” I figured this might be the only time to work it into a column.

Hey, it’s my column.

The fundraiser, which involves both a golf tournament and a silent auction, is sponsored by the Jasper County Bar Association, the Jasper County courts, juvenile and prosecutor’s offices and area law enforcement.

Organizers are hoping to raise $50,000 for Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity. They have accepted a challenge by Gov. Jay Nixon to be part of an effort to build 35 new homes in Joplin this year.

Nicole Carlton is an attorney with the law firm Buchanan, Williams and Stiley, and just happens to be heading up the golf tournament, which is this Saturday at Schifferdecker Golf Course. Nicole said when she heard about plans to sponsor a golf tournament she attended an early organizational meeting. When Nicole’s fellow attorneys found out that she used to run a charity golf tournament for former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi she was quickly roped in to run the event.

“I did it willfully,” Nicole said. “We all are busy and have things going on but we all want to be active and to help out.”

Like virtually every segment of the Joplin population, people who work in the legal system and in law enforcement were not immune to damage caused by the May 22  tornado.

“So many members of the bar and the legal system lost homes in the tornado. Many attorneys lost their businesses,” Nicole said.

Saturday’s golf tournament, called Building with Justice, is an 18-hole four-person scramble. The shotgun start will feature two flights with the first flight getting underway at 8 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and lunch will be provided. Register by calling (417) 781-8280 or (417) 782-5900 or just show up at Schifferdecker on the day of the event and pay and play.

The silent auction, which is open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kitchen Pass, 1212 S. Main St.

Nicole said the auction will feature things such as St. Louis Cardinal baseball tickets, a private guided fishing trip on the White River, a mountain bike, dinner and movie packages and a host of other neat items. Admission to the auction is $20 and hors d’oeuvers will be served and music provided by the band Sober as a Judge.

Both the golf tournament and the silent auction promise to be pretty fun deals. I happen to know many of the folks involved with both and I can assure you they know how to have a good time. And I know that they also care deeply about this community.

I’m not sure where they stand on Warren Zevon.

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