They normally are busy with such tasks as trying
to keep lawyers up-to-date on changes in the law and working to
match volunteering lawyers with people in need of legal services
in the community.
But last week, members of the
Onondaga County Bar Association staff rolled up their sleeves
and got busy in a much more hands-on fashion: They hit the
streets to pick up trash and debris around their downtown office
as their contribution to Earth Day activities.
They call themselves the "Bar-ettes,"
and with the help of a law school intern and a couple of guest
helpers, the bar association staffers spread out in a
several-block area around the State Tower Building on Saturday
morning to gather up the trash and recyclables cluttering the
Organizer Nora DiMeis said the
small group first gathered for breakfast at the nearby Anmar
Cafe, where the proprietor opened earlier than usual to
accommodate them. The group then gathered up several bags of
trash, bottles and cans as it cleaned up the area between its
office and its parking lot.
Joining DiMeis in the cleanup
were Christine Gray, Deb O'Shea, Liz Correa, Bethany Szewczyk,
Jason White and a couple of friends.
"It really looked clean in the
city when we came into work Monday," DiMeis said proudly.