Taking part in community service provides many benefits. It makes you feel good to help others, it provides a service to those in need, and some consider it their civic duty to help. For an attorney, partaking in community service is more than just good deeds and warm feelings. It’s about sharpening your skills and learning to relate to the community in which you are volunteering.
Service to the Community
Community service gives attorneys the opportunities to learn skills outside of the realm of law practice that are still invaluable and crucial to their practice. These are usually referred to as “soft skills,” but are much more important than their name portrays. Leadership, communication, decision-making, and confidence aren’t taught in law school but are of the upmost importance to a successful attorney. And these are all characteristics that can be learned and cultured through different areas of community service.
Attorney Micah Huggins knows the value of service, not only to help others, but also to allow him to be the best version of himself he can be to help his clients. He recently took time to speak life into over 200 young African-American men. Being a young African-American male himself, he knows the struggles they are facing. He has been in their shoes. While helping better the lives of these young men, he is also growing his confidence and communication skills. Even if these characteristics are something we may already be good at, there is always work to be done and room to grow.
He also helped feed over 200 people at the Splash Park Fun event in McLeansville, North Carolina. This huge event was successful and a lot of fun. Events like this are beneficial to multiple different parts of the community, and are also great ways to network with different populations as well as potentially other attorneys. Being able to present yourself by not only talking about your strengths, but showing them, is invaluable.
Expanding his relationship with the local public is something Micah holds great value. What better way to meet and serve those in the community that need help the most than by getting out there and doing what needs to be done?
Jamie Biggs The Courier-Tribune, Asheboro, N.C. (TNS)
CLIMAX — A woman was arrested Thursday after allegedly delivering drugs concealed in a Bible to an inmate in the Chatham County Jail.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office reported that they served warrants from Chatham County on the suspect.
Caitlin Michelle Newman, 24, of 6013 Piedmont St., Climax, was charged with three counts of felony conspiring, providing drugs to an inmate, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy to sell/deliver a Schedule III controlled substance and controlled substance possessed/located in confinement.
Warrants from Chatham County state that on Jan. 25, Newman “conspired to and ultimately did use a Bible to conceal Suboxone and deliver the controlled substance” to an inmate, Warren Pittman, 30, of Siler City.
GREENSBORO — The Greensboro Police Department is warning the public to be on the lookout for ATM skimmers.
On Thursday, officers were contacted about an ATM skimmer located in the area of Randleman Road, the police department said in a news release. The skimmer, which is designed to steal account information from debit cards that have been encoded with a chip, was placed inside a card reader.
Account information retrieved by the skimmer is then downloaded to a computer and can be recoded into “cloned” or counterfeit debit cards and used by the perpetrators. The account data can also be used directly for online purchases or sold to data collectors overseas.
As with any fraud associated with debit or credit cards, police recommend that people check their bank accounts daily through smartphone apps or by computer. Any transactions that do not look legitimate should immediately be flagged and the customer’s financial institution contacted. Even smaller transactions, police warn, can be a way for criminals to determine if the counterfeit card is usable.
Police say to contact law enforcement and the bank immediately if any of the following indications of potential card tampering are observed:
- Scratches or adhesive residue around the card reader entry point.
- Any abnormal or askew metal or plastic around the entry point.
- Lighting on or around the ATM that appears to be strobing or flickering, indicating a possible mini-camera placement to observe PIN entry.
- Anyone who appears to be lingering in the area.
Once any activity has been confirmed to be unauthorized or fraudulent, have the card immediately deactivated and a new card issued.
Anyone with information on someone using skimming technology is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000.