Thursday, May 28, 2009

TERIS to Host Fundraising Casino Night Party to Benefit Washington State CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Free Event for Seattle area legal industry and business professionals features prize drawings worth thousands of dollars: Seattle helicopter tour, Seattle Mariners and Sounders tickets, weekend getaway, fishing excursion off Washington coast and more.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 28, 2009 -- The weak economy and budget crisis have had a profound impact on many citizens and organizations in the Evergreen State, not the least of whom are the abused and neglected children who are in foster care. Proposed budget cuts to community organizations that provide social services to vulnerable children heighten the need for volunteer programs such as Washington State Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
In an effort to help raise funds and awareness for Washington State CASA, TERIS, a Seattle-based litigation support firm, is hosting a Casino Night and Poker Tournament on Wednesday, June 3rd at the Seattle Sheraton. The event is free to the legal and business community. In addition to traditional casino-type games such as roulette, blackjack and craps, the event will feature a drawing of prizes including an all-expense paid weekend getaway, helicopter tour of Seattle and a fishing excursion for two on the Washington coast.

"The value of the services that CASAs provide for neglected and abused children in our court systems throughout our state is truly immeasurable," said Stefan Wikstrom, TERIS Founder and CEO. "We want to help this great organization continue to provide priceless support to children and look forward to helping them raise as much money as possible."

The value of the services that CASAs provide for neglected and abused children in our court systems throughout our state is truly immeasurable
A CASA is a volunteer appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in dependency court. To do this, CASAs investigate case facts, recommend a course of action to the court, facilitate the resolution of problems, and monitor progress towards establishing permanency for the child.

CASA volunteers are people from all walks of life who step forward to make a difference in a child's life. Appointed by a Judge, they work as trained advocates for children who have entered the court system as victims of abuse or neglect on the part of their caregivers. In many instances, the CASA volunteer is the one consistent adult in the life of a child, who has already lost so much by the time he or she enters an over-burdened system. Children with CASA representation generally spend less time in the court system, less time in foster care, and have a better chance at a safe, stable home.

Seattle firm LexBlog is donating its professional blog design, development, hosting and consulting fees for Washington State CASA. The LexBlog legal network includes more than 600 law firm blogs and more than 1500 lawyer authors. "We believe strongly in the CASA cause and are happy to be able to support it through the use of our blogging platform and services," said Kevin O'Keefe, LexBlog Founder and CEO.

"We are very appreciative of the support provided by TERIS and LexBlog," said Washington State CASA Executive Director Kelly Stockman Reid. "Many existing supporters are excited to attend Casino Night and we're also thrilled for the opportunity to meet additional members of the legal community who can potentially help us further our mission to assist children in the court system."

Founded in 1996, TERIS (previously known as ALC Legal Technologies, Duplex Legal Discovery Solutions, and Digital Discovery Solutions), provides legal support and sophisticated eDiscovery solutions to law firms and corporate legal teams across the U.S. and internationally. TERIS' staff of over 275 was named one of the top 20 eDiscovery service providers by industry researcher Socha-Gelbmann in 2008. The company operates a free job board for the legal profession at and has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. To learn more about TERIS, visit or follow the company on Twitter at

Media Contact: David Kaufer, Director of Marketing, 425-275-8814; 206-521-8717 or DKaufer (at)

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