Giving Back to the Community
Trying to Leave Birmingham a Little Better Than We Found It
Our lawyers – and those who work here with our lawyers – care passionately about their community, their schools, their state, and their faith. This is borne out by a number of service activities that have little or nothing to do with practicing law. Members of the firm’s staff, in fact, are given 5 days off per year with pay (in addition to vacation or sick leave) to donate to charitable causes.
To that end, our people have chosen to be involved with the following, all on their own time:
Financially supporting Angel Food Ministries, a faith-based charitable organization that provides low-cost and
nutritious food to families in need — to the end that over 30,000 of meals have been provided
completely free of charge through donations from our personnel, that is nearly 5 miles of 10-inch dinner plates.
Speaking at drug- and alcohol-abuse awareness programs at churches, schools, and other civic organizations.
Sponsoring a Shrimp Boil to help those affected by the Gulf oil disaster through the purchase of dozens of pounds of Gulf shrimp, and soliciting donations that result in proceeds being sent to a church in Bon Secour, Alabama, to minister to the needs of families affected by the disaster.
Teaching at hundreds of high school classes on the consequences of drunk driving, through Lawyers Against Drunk Driving — which we founded.
Providing free legal advice at churches.
Speaking on coping skills to assemblies of parents of children with eating disorders.
Conducting Bible studies with incarcerated prisoners
Fundraising for charities researching and treating those with congenital heart defects.
Teaching children’s Sunday School classes.
Providing labor to churches affiliated with the Angel Food Ministries, involving unloading tractor-trailers of food, setting the food up for distribution, and delivering it to familes in need.
Establishing and financially supporting a “scholarship” fund to assist those trying to break free of generational poverty by aiding with educational or vocational expenses; that fund has helped many people complete college educations.
Providing a cash award at the Cumberland School of Law’s American Journal of Trial Advocacy for best Senior Paper.
Mentoring youth, through IMPACT Family Counseling, who are coping with the incarceration of family members.
Blank Space Bham
Blank Space Bham seeks to reclaim public space, strengthen communities, foster creativity, and advocate for the (re)development of inclusive urban environments through the transformative power of public art.
CHURCH OF THE RECONCILER
At Church of the Reconciler, we have a special ministry with the homeless. When Church of the Reconciler opened in 1993, the homeless were enthusiastically welcomed to come in and teach us about their spiritual journey. We continue to learn so much about the Christian faith with the homeless of Birmingham. They are our members and supporters, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Just as Jesus and his first disciples were homeless, many, many faithful Christian believers are homeless. Come to Church of the Reconciler and find out why people are homeless in Birmingham, and how we can change Birmingham so that no one will be homeless in our city.
Lawyers Against Drunk Driving
We seek to make information available to the general public about the
consequences of drunk driving. Alabama has conducted a comprehensive
media campaign directed at educating the motoring public about the
criminal consequences of drunk driving – such things as jail, loss of the
drivers’ license, fines, and the like. But the problem persists, and every
year hundreds of Alabamians are killed or badly injured by drunk drivers.