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Lawyers Band Together For An Artistic Cause

Whenever I think of the event ‘Lawyers for the Arts’, I am reminded of a memorable quote from the movie Point Break. Nathaniel states that “Lawyers don’t surf!” (referring to the character played by Keanu Reeves), to which Bodhi (played by Patrick Swayze) replies, “This one does.”

You see, Lawyers for the Arts is an event that essentially offers musically inclined lawyers a chance to take the stage at the Sportsmens Tavern, where they are able to show off their mad skills in front of a crowd. Yes, there are lawyers in Buffalo that can perform under pressure, not just in the courtroom, but on stage!

“Art and music are central to our lives. They enrich the human spirit and brings vibrant colors to what would otherwise be an extremely dull world; that is why I am very proud to be part of the Lawyers for the Arts event,” expressed Attorney Joseph O’Donnell of Reden & O’Donnell, LLP. “By funding art and cultural organizations that are truly in need of financial assistance we hope to make a difference for the betterment of our community.”

Not only will lawyer/musicians be playing on this special evening, there will be other lawyers in the house showcasing various other forms of artistic skills, including painting, drawing, etc. Just stepping back and thinking about all of this for a hot second, it’s a wonder that we served up so many ugly law-related billboards in this city if some lawyers have a penchant for art (but that’s another story for another day).

“This is where we get to beat the drum for fun not battle!” said Attorney Sandra Cassidy of Cassidy Legal Group. “It is an honor for lawyers to share their art. It makes us happy and we raise a little bit of money for those whose art is their life.”

The money raised at the 4th Annual Lawyers for the Arts event will go towards Give for Greatness, a program of Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI). The program helps to raise money for the region’s art and cultural organizations. “Thanks to the Lawyers for the Arts Committee and all those who participated and attended the event last year, we were able to provide 15 small and emerging cultural organizations with $1,000 grants,” ASI Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk concluded.  “We’re thrilled that the group is once again coming together to support the arts through their own artistic efforts and can’t wait to hear and see this year’s event.”

Lawyers for the Arts will hold their 4th Annual Lawyers for the Arts event on Saturday, February 28 at Sportsmens Tavern (326 Amherst St., Buffalo) from 2pm to 6pm. See Facebook for details.

Admission is $20 for the general public and $10 for law students who show proof of university identification.


Lawyers for the Arts 2015 Sponsors as of 2/10/15:

Arthur G. Baumeister, Jr., Esq.

Atti Law Firm, PLLC

Bouvier Partnership, LLP

Brown Chiari LLP

Cassidy Legal

Cellino and Barnes

Cohen & Lombardo, P.C.

Counsel Financial and Plaintiff Support Services

David Roach

Dennis J. Bischof LLC

Designed Settlement Services, Inc.

Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens, LLP

Francis M. Letro

Goldberg Segalla LLP

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Hiscock & Barclay

Jack W. Hunt and Associates, Inc., Court Reporting Specialists

Joseph E. O’Donnell, Esq.

LeRoi C. Johnson, Esq.

Lewandowski and Associates

Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC

Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP

Lucy Dadd and Andrew Emerson

Michael D. Denz

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation

Phillips Lytle LLP

Saeli Law Office, P.C

Smith, Miner, O’Shea & Smith, LLP

Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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