Our firm has always felt that we should be actively involved in our community. As a result, we try to help out on as many projects in the area as we can. These are some of the more recent projects that our employees have worked on.
THE EXTREME MAKEOVER
The popular ABC Television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Montgomery and selected a family from the Capital City to be featured on an upcoming program. Our firm was invited to be a sponsor of the show. We felt its theme, “Heroes at Home,” complimented our mission of “helping those who need it most.”
A local family, the Jordans, were selected as recipients of the home makeover, recognizing their dedicated community service through projects like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and the state’s Crime Victims Advocacy Program. The Jordans, Monica and Brady, lost a daughter to a domestic violence situation. They also lost their only son in an automobile accident. They are raising their three grandchildren, Miles, Shan, and Keiunta, along with another daughter, Brittany, who is a student at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
During production, some of our firm’s staff learned that Monica Jordan had long dreamed of attending law school, and had originally hoped to attend with her daughter, Folashada, before she was tragically killed. We began talking to the show’s producers about helping to make that dream come true. It was decided that Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, because of its dedication to community service and outreach, would be a logical choice for the school. As grace would have it, the school already was in the planning stages to establish a Public Interest Law Scholarship. The school’s administration felt that Monica would be a wonderful role model for the program and agreed to name the new scholarship in honor of Monica and her family.
At a news conference in late February, Dean Charles I. Nelson announced that a permanent scholarship in honor of Monica Jordan, to be called The Monica Jordan Public Interest Law Scholarship, was being created at Jones. It will be awarded to a Jones law student who has demonstrated community service and plans to practice public interest law upon graduation. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall semester of 2011 and the Law School hopes that Mrs. Jordan will be its first recipient.
The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode featuring the Jordans will air this month. It can be seen on Sunday, April 26th at 7 p.m. Central Time on ABC.
OPERATION WARM HEART
Our firm is taking part in “Operation Warm Heart,” which is a project of the United States Armed Forces. This project will provide needed items of all sorts to a number of children in Afghanistan. These children are in need of just about everything needed in every-day living. Currently, there are 100 girls and 120 boys ranging in ages, from one to 15 years, with the majority being between six and ten in this project.
This is an ongoing effort by the U.S. Military to support orphaned children in Afghanistan. In a region of the world where family and tribes are a person’s identity, these children have neither. They are in need of basics: clothing, sandals, simple toys and school supplies. The project director has suggested to us that each box sent should contain an outfit, a pair of slip-on sandals, school supplies and a small toy.
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