The West Virginia Association for Justice New Lawyers Division selected Charleston’s Covenant House for its 2013 spring community service project and raised $11,550 for the organization. The checks were presented on Monday, June 24 to Covenant House Executive Director Ellen Allen and President Ed Weber by Taylor Downs, chair of the WVAJ New Lawyers Division, and WVAJ President Bernie Layne.

“For more than 30 years Covenant House of Charleston has provided an important safety net for some of the most vulnerable families and individuals in the Kanawha Valley. It provides food, clothing, housing assistance and a safe place to stay for people who have nowhere else to turn for help. That’s why we selected raising money for Covenant House as the first service project for our WVAJ New Lawyers Division,” said Downs, an attorney with Manchin Injury Law Group in Fairmont.

“Covenant House’s leaders are also important advocates on behalf of the people they serve, giving them a voice when policy decisions are made at the local, state and national level. In that sense, they are very much like the members of WVAJ and our New Lawyers Division. Our members ensure that any West Virginian, regardless of status or income, has a voice and an advocate in our courtrooms–even when taking on the most wealthy and powerful. I hope that we can find additional ways to assist Covenant House in the future.”

“We stand in awe of this generous gift and will use it toward the stewardship of social justice for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Ellen Allen, executive director of Covenant House. “We thank the WVAJ New Lawyers Division for their commitment to supporting and giving back to their community. We could not meet the needs of the homeless and working poor without such contributions.”

Organized earlier this year, the WVAJ New Lawyers Division is for association members who have practiced law 10 years or less.

The West Virginia Association for Justice represents more than 500 plaintiffs attorneys throughout West Virginia and in surrounding states. WVAJ members are committed to preserving and improving our civil justice system in order to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct and negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms. WVAJ members work to protect West Virginia families by promoting safe workplaces, safe products, quality healthcare, a clean environment and corporate responsibility.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

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