As a point of clarification, no lawyers will be bar hopping for children. There will be lawyers, and there will be bar hopping, but the purpose will be “for the children” rather than “for” the children. Anything else would be plain creepy.

This March the American Bar Association is holding its mid-winter workers’ compensation conference in Chicago. It is being sponsored by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee and The Section of Labor and Employment Law. One of the events being held that week is a “pub crawl” designed to raise money for two worthwhile charities. Those charities are Kids’ Chance and The Blessed Child.

Kids' Chance is an organization which helps children of injured and killed workers by providing them with educational scholarships so that they may pursue their dreams of graduating from various institutions of higher education. The Blessed Child is a community outreach organization located in Chicago, IL which helps families with children in their time of need. The organization is not government funded and depends solely on fundraising efforts and private donations.

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the Conference is holding a Pub Crawl in the spirit of St. Patty's Day. Persons wishing to participate are asked to bring a donation of $25.00 (cash or check made payable to Kids' Chance). They will meet in the lobby of the Conrad Hotel at 8:00 pm. The classic River North Bars that will be visited will all be within walking distance of the Conrad Hotel. Drink and food purchased directly at the establishments are not included in the donation.

So, I for one will be pub crawling with lawyers that night. It should be a lot of fun. Lawyers are, after all, real people; or at least they are rumored to be. Plus, as an added bonus, I get to write nice things about lawyers who buy me drinks. Unless, of course, they buy me too many drinks, in which case I may not recall their name, or in fact which city we were collectively crawling pubs.

No matter. I was never a stickler for accuracy anyway.

If you happen to be in the Windy City that night, I would certainly suggest that you join us. It’s Chicago during St. Patrick’s week, after all. The pubs should be hoppin’ and most of the snow should have abated, which will make the crawling much, much easier. And of course, we will be doing it “for the children”. Sometimes these sacrifices have to be made.

And it goes without saying, if you buy me drinks there is a good chance I’ll say something nice about you in my blog – if I can remember your name that is.

If you are interested in learning more about this conference, or to register, go to the ABA website here. I look forward to crawling with you and a gaggle of attorneys in March.

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