BY TRACEE R. BENZO
The fiber of our Constitution, progression of civil and human rights and the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is being tested. For this reason, it is our obligation as trial lawyers to defend the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury. Our calling as lawyers is more important than ever before, and I was honored to participate in AAJ’s Women’s Lobby Day as a catalyst in effectuating social change.
Women trial lawyers, from diverse backgrounds spanning over 40 states, converged in Washington, D.C., to educate our representatives and to advocate for our clients. It was liberating. We assembled with each of our representatives and shared our clients’ heart-felt stories. We highlighted the inevitable adverse effects of pending legislation that seek to implement federal caps on the recovery of damages and annihilate mass torts, medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.
The women’s caucus provided structured support with training on how to effectively lobby with purpose. I am convinced that amazing things happen when women get involved, but there is still much work to be done. We must be vigilant. We must be persistent. We must be fearless.
Take the step toward being a catalyst for social change by contacting the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Civil Justice PAC so you may get involved and contribute today!
is the founder of Benzo Law in Atlanta where she specializes in workers’ compensation cases. She currently serves on the Executive Committees of both GTLA and the Georgia Association of Women Attorneys (GABWA) and is also a 2014 graduate of the GTLA LEAD Program. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Endnote 1 Quote by Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress and represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.