Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) will be holding a kickoff on Monday, February 4th for End Distracted Driving (EndDD). The event will be held at the Gardner Auditorium at the Massachusetts State House and will feature IB’s own Joel Feldman, MATA President Tim Kelleher, and families who have experienced first-hand the devastating consequences of distracted driving. The event will also serve as the premiere of a new public service video targeting Massachusetts residents.
The EndDD initiative has gained a lot of steam over the past year. Several Legal Examiner bloggers have gotten involved in the efforts:
- Brandon Smith provided some safety tips and explored different distracted driving laws across the U.S.
- Rob Davis expressed his excitement to participate as an EndDD speaker.
- David Mittleman pledged his firm’s support for EndDD efforts.
I did my first EndDD presentation for 400 high school students back in November. The Dean of Students offered the following feedback:
“We were very pleased with the presentation. The students were asked to consider both the behaviors they have likely demonstrated as well as those they have observed in their parents. The focus on the consequences of texting while driving were presented in a reasonable way, avoiding over-the-top images and instead, using the young people who knew the victims of such terrible consequences.”
Presenting to that many high-schoolers could have been nerve-wracking, but Joel and his team put together a great presentation that had the students and faculty engaged throughout.
Congratulations to MATA on the launch of EndDD in Massachusetts. For those of you who haven’t checked out EndDD yet, please visit www.enddd.org and consider signing up to be a speaker. It’s a small time commitment with a huge impact.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).