Joel Feldman, EndDD.org founder, was awarded the American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2013 Pro Bono Award by AAJ president Mary Alice McClarty for his work to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Also receiving the award was Jeff Weinstein of Texas, who has undertaken the EndDD.org program and has volunteered his time to speak to thousands of teens about the dangers of distracted driving. AAJ, the world’s largest trial bar, works to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others-even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. The award was presented on July 21st at the AAJ’s national conference in San Francisco.
Since his daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009 Joel has worked with national, state and local safety professionals to reduce distracted driving. His law firm Anapol Schwartz supports his efforts and has as one of its core missions working with non-profits on a number of initiatives including distracted driving. He created EndDD.org , a website about distracted driving, and regularly speaks with adults, teens and businesses about distracted driving at high schools and colleges, safety summits, legal and medical conventions and hospitals. He produces PSA’s for the distracted driving cause and developed a power point presentation and training materials that have been used by professionals in more than 40 states and Canada to reach nearly 100,000 teens and adults. “It is an honor to receive this award and my family is so grateful for the support of so many trial lawyers in helping to bring our distracted driving program to high schools across the country. “I am also grateful to my law firm, Anapol, Schwartz for supporting my efforts since Casey’s death. I know that collectively we are saving young lives.” said Joel. “ As we talk with more and more teens I am optimistic that one day distracted driving will no longer be socially acceptable.”
Feldman also utilized his time at the six day convention as well as at the Melvin Belli conference, to speak about the EndDD distracted driving program, Recruit and train additional volunteers throughout the country to carry the message to their local communities.
To see Joel’s Acceptance Speech go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxdb2OR4WdQ