Both the dog and we are delighted. Three months ago I fell in love with "rescue" Lee K. at the Animal Haven, North Haven, Connecticut. His pet parent had died and he and his sister were shipped up from Florida. Yes, someone quickly adopted the sister right after Lee K.'s own adoption was final.
With such happy endings snatched from such sad interludes in animals' lives, it dawns on us that we should be doing something to rescue people. At the top of the list are lawyers displaced by the disruptions in their industry.
Baby steps are being taken in the direction of rescue. For instance, the New York City Bar Assocation is piloting a program to help newbies receive training and income from real work. That includes apprenticeships at banks and large companies. Also it's trying out a law firm which offers low rates for services such as custody disputes and immigration processes. The University of Colorado Law School is partnering with Cisco for law students to spend seven months in its legal department - with pay.
That's a start. But just about every organization which is not in the red - including nonprofits - can do something along the lines of rescuing a lawyer or many of them. In Manhattan, public relations agencies can provide paid internships for lawyers to experiment with media writing and placement. Nonprofit Goodwill in North Haven, CT, which has hit a homerun with its stores, can hire a few lawyers and rotate them through functions ranging from nonprofit management to retail marketing.
The impacts on branding, goodwill, and media coverage could be profound. Throughout CT rescue organizations get just about everything they ask for. Their efforts on behalf of down-and-out animals create a force field no one can resist.