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They’ve Got Your Back(packs) 12/6/18  12/06/18 12:14:46 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version


Juvenile Court Judge Doug Johnson (left) is thrilled to receive backpacks from Paul Blazek of the Estate Planning Law Group of Blazek and Gregg. The court’s dog, Finnegan, supervises. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

They’ve Got Your Back(packs)
Backpacks threatened to take over the courtroom of Judge Doug Johnson last week as he accepted dozens from Paul Blazek. The attorney said his firm noticed that children in foster care often have nothing but a garbage bag to hold their possessions. As they posted online: “We would like to provide the Juvenile Court authorities with backpacks and athletic/duffel bags that these children can use for their personal articles. If you would like to help us help those kids, please drop off your good (new or) used backpacks and athletic/duffel bags to our office, or call us (and we’ll pick them up).” They continued collecting them at their estate planning events, Blazek said. “Actually, I have to credit my sister, Molly, with the idea. She is also a lawyer and has her own firm, Blazek Law Group, LLC.”
This is just the beginning, Blazek noted. “We will continue to collect backpacks and periodically replenish the court’s supply when they run low. No kids should have to carry their belongings in a garbage bag.” Judge Johnson noted that sometimes adults in his courtroom need them too. “I’m so grateful to Paul and his firm for seeing a need and working to address it. It is so much appreciated.”
 
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