Thursday, August 17, 2006
Volunteer Lawyer for Appalachian Kentucky
Kenneth Stepp is shown receiving an award for donating ninety six hours of legal services to the poor people of the Fifth Congressional District of Kentucky, through VLAK, the Volunteer Lawyers of Appalachian Kentucky. Considering that Kenneth Stepp used to be paid one hundred fifty dollars per hour in probate and guardianship cases a few years ago, his one hundred hours he donated to the poor through VLAK last year may be worth fifteen thousand dollars. Anyway, it was worth an award plaque from VLAK. Despite the Congressional campaign, and despite working a full-time job as an attorney, Kenneth Stepp has resumed giving free legal services to the poor, through Volunteer Lawyers of Appalachian Kentucky. It is too bad that some people do not have enough money to pay attorney fees, but the doors of the Courthouses should not be slammed in the faces of our indigent Kentuckians. If I have to take time off from the Congressional campaign to give free legal services to the poor and indigent of Kentucky, then my campaign to be a Congressman will have to wait. It is a privilege to have a special skill that some would pay $90 to $150 per hour to hire, and to be able to donate the use of that special skill to indigent Kentuckians. Jimmy Carter donates his carpentry skills to the indigents through Habitat for Humanity. Bill Clinton has served soup to the homeless in soup lines. Free service to the poor is a Democratic tradition, a lawyers' tradition, and an American tradition. Mother Theresa, a Roman Catholic Nun, taught the doctrine that, "If you see a tramp on the street, you treat him like Jesus Christ." God always gives a special blessing to those who help the poor.