Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior trial attorney.
As a parent of four children, I frequently receive notices from their schools about upcoming events that could involve my children. One of the most powerful recent notices forwarded to me from Whitman High School illustrates how important it is to constantly communicate with your children regarding safety issues. I am reproducing the school’s notice below in its entirety.
“While Homecoming is a time for fun, it is also one of those times of years when students are more likely to make a bad decision. Please take steps to keep your child safe and be forever vigilant. The tip sheet below can help you in the endeavor to help your child have safe fun!
Drugs and Alcohol Guidelines for Initiating a Healthy Parent/Teen Conversation Numerous research studies have shown that parents can positively impact their teens’ decisions about alcohol and drug use by talking with them about it. It is particularly important to have conversations about drugs and alcohol prior to social activities, whether private parties or school-sponsored activities such as Homecoming and Prom. Suggestions for starting this conversation with your teen and setting appropriate boundaries:
Please Remember It is illegal for parents to host parties where there is underage drinking. By Montgomery County law, parents can be held responsible and may be subject to heavy fines if there is any underage drinking on their premises. If you are out of town, please consider arranging chaperones for your home.
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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (2011). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2011 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)– national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.