Barrister’s Bingo returns to Pioneer Club
Lawyer bingo is back. Plan now to attend the fundraising evening on Thursday, May 5, which supports the mission of the SWLA Law Center. This year’s sponsors are ServPro of Lake Charles and the law firm Baggett McCall.
“We’re taking the Pioneer Club’s traditional family night bingo experience and putting it on steroids,” said Mark Judson, Executive Director of the SWLA Law Center. “We did it for the first time in 2018. Everyone had a great time, so we did it again the following year and it sold out.”
Judson uses the words “cool” and “fun” several times when discussing the event. He is excited. After all, the prizes are truly fabulous and include a basket of 15 bottles of wine, a dining experience at a Southwest Louisiana restaurant that includes 15 gift cards, and two standout prizes.
“We call one of the awards, ‘A Different Perspective,'” Judson said. “Dr. Craig Crawford is an excellent video drone pilot, as well as an excellent orthodontist. For the winner of this award, Dr. Crawford will shoot drone video footage, create an aerial image of anything you want to watch from this vantage point, subject to flight restrictions, ideal for property inspections.
The other prize is a literal one-hour aerial tour of Cameron and Calcasieu parishes from Southland Flyers.
The grand prize is an evening with Lake Charles attorney Phillip DeVilbiss, an accomplished solo guitarist.
“He’s a local lawyer and an accomplished lead guitarist. Win this and he’ll come play at your house, at a party or some other special event,” Judson said.
The evening will begin with a “robust happy hour,” Judson promised, “followed by the traditional Pioneer Club fried chicken buffet. The Pioneer Club, that view, that food, that service. It’s iconic.
The SWLA Law Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit law firm. Judson considers the work done there to be vital to a healthy community.
“The mission of the SWLA Law Center is to provide access to justice for disadvantaged people in SWLA,” he said. “We charge our clients for our representation on a sliding scale. We are ‘low bono’ and not pro bono.
SWLA Law Center does not support criminal cases or emergency cases such as personal injury, workers’ compensation, disability, or bankruptcy. The center handles cases where lawyers often want money up front, money out of pocket, for example, domestic violence, child custody, spousal support, alimony children, divorce, in-family adoption, estates, wills, powers of attorney, estate disputes, estate issues, barrings, expungements, name changes and the list goes on.
“As maligned as it is, our civil justice system is still the best in the world,” Judson said. “Our civil justice system is adversarial. Like politics, business, and college football, it works pretty well, with both sides having equal resources. However, if one side has significant resources and the other lacks resources, it doesn’t work so well. The Law Center is leveling the playing field for the underfunded.
Enjoy the open bar, buffet, “cool fun” and the chance to win fabulous prizes and support a great cause. Purchase seats in advance for $150. A table of 8 costs $1,100. Call 337-436-3308.