Service is one of our core values and “giving back” is encouraged, supported and recognized by our firm. In the communities where we live and work, we do more than practice law. We roll up our sleeves and become truly involved.
Office-based community service committees make it easy to volunteer by researching and organizing firm-sponsored service opportunities. Throughout the year, our lawyers and professional staff collect food for the hungry, participate in walks to support those with disabilities, build and repair homes for those in need, read to children in domestic abuse shelters, donate supplies to local schools in underprivileged areas, and much more. The following are just a few of the many organizations supported by our firm’s volunteer efforts:
American Heart Association
Dell Children’s Hospital
Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas
Habitat for Humanity
Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic
Houston Urban Debate League
McMillan Cancer Support (London)
North Texas Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Network
Shoe Box Campaign (Brussels)
So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.)
Our professional staff members are given two full days of paid leave each year to participate in local community service activities and up to a full week of paid leave to take part in disaster relief and rebuilding activities. Firm associates also may credit up to 25 hours of community service and disaster relief volunteer time toward their annual billable hours.
Community service is recognized through our annual David F. Peters Community Service Awards. Named in memory of a former firm partner who was known for both his legal acumen and his commitment to service, these awards honor professional staff members who make exceptional contributions to civic and charitable organizations. Additionally, a monetary contribution is made to a specified charity in the award recipient’s name.