McKinney 3L raises funds so man can keep guide dog

December 19, 2013
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Thanks to an Indiana law student’s study break, a New York City-area man will be able to keep his longtime companion and guide dog.

3L Grant Kirsh saw Cecil Williams’ story on the news while taking a break from studying for his finals at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  Williams made headlines after falling onto the tracks at a subway station in Harlem after fainting. Williams, who is blind, has a guide dog, Orlando. The nearly 11-year-old dog jumped onto the tracks to try to help Williams. He clung to his dog as a train passed over them. Amazingly, Williams and the dog escaped relatively unscathed. Williams had some cuts and bruises, and Orlando wasn’t injured.

That’s the feel good part of the news story. The sad part is that because of Orlando’s age, he has to retire and Williams’ insurance will not cover the cost of caring for Orlando and a new guide dog.

That’s where Kirsh comes in and the story takes a happy twist. He turned to indiegogo, a crowd-source funding site, and created an account to raise money so that Williams can keep Orlando. The account was started Tuesday and it already has hit its goal of $50,000. As of Thursday morning, people have contributed nearly $66,000, all of which will go to Williams.

“I just saw an opportunity to do something and ran with it,” Kirsh said. He tweeted so much about it, and those tweets were retweeted so frequently, that by 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, he’d hit his limit for Twitter for the day.

Kirsh’s motivation for helping a man he never met comes from his love of dogs. He has two dogs, one of which was homeless.

Kirsh worked for seven years in commercial real estate before attending law school. His father and uncle practice at their adoption firm Kirsh & Kirsh, which Grant is planning on joining after graduation.

If you’re interested in donating to Williams’ account, visit the indiegogo website. The fundraising ends Dec. 31.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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