Carlton Fields celebrates 100 years with community service programs

first_img August 1, 2002 Regular News Carlton Fields celebrates 100 years with community service programs Carlton Fields celebrates 100 years with community service programscenter_img In celebration of its centennial year, Carlton Fields law firm is giving a number of birthday gifts to each of the communities where it has offices.“Carlton Fields is blessed with a rich history and tradition of service to its clients, the profession, and its several communities throughout the state of Florida,” said Tom Snow, Carlton Fields’ president and CEO. “We have always believed that if we are successful in those three endeavors we will be successful as a firm and as individuals. Our centennial projects are just a snapshot of what this firm has appropriately and gladly undertaken to give back to our communities.”Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., the firm’s chair emeritus, said he wonders what founder Giddings Mabry would think of the firm today. In 1901, Mabry, then age 24 and just graduated from the South’s only law school — Cumberland, in Lebanon, Tennessee — created the firm in Tampa.“Today we are a talented, well run firm that is nationally recognized not only for the outstanding abilities of its lawyers but also for their unselfish pro-bono service on behalf of the less fortunate,” Smith said. “We are known, too, for providing a benign, family-friendly and gender-friendly place to work. We have awards to prove it. We have progressed. But in order to continue that progress we must hold to the values we have developed collectively in our century of effort.”The Tampa office has adopted the Child Abuse Council, Inc., an agency that focuses on child abuse prevention, parenting education and family strengthening. Carlton Fields, along with client First Union, serves as a major sponsor of a fundraiser luncheon showcasing the Child Abuse Council and highlighting the Fathers Resource Center, whose mission is to make available to any father of young children the resources, support information and education that will enable him to develop a positive and nurturing relationship with his children.The Tallahassee office has adopted ECHO (Emergency Community Help Organization) family services program. Having established a legacy of sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry and finding jobs for the unemployed, the Tallahassee office’s employees have held several furniture and household good drives for echo’s temporary housing facility, Bethany Family Apartments, whose goal is to keep homeless families intact while they work to rebuild their lives by participating in ECHO’s job training program.The Miami office, in collaboration with other organizations, has adopted Welfare to Work, a program designed to provide the occupational skills training necessary for a long, successful career in a law firm environment. Through college classes, law firm internships, and mentoring, candidates are prepared for their desired positions and receive continual support for their first year in the field.The West Palm Beach office has adopted New Hope Charities and will participate in funding projects to assist disadvantaged families in the Belle Glade-Pahokee area of Florida.The St. Petersburg office adopted Resurrection House, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization that provides interim housing for families in need. Over the course of the past year, the St. Petersburg office has provided pro bono legal services to or for the benefit of Resurrection House; held a Career Clothing Drive, where a significant amount of career clothing was donated to residents of Resurrection House; provided typing and word processing instruction for residents of Resurrection House; held a “Painting Party” to refurbish the premises of Resurrection House; and contributed economically to the benefit of Resurrection House.The Crisis Nursery, which provides temporary day care to abused and at-risk children, has been adopted by the Orlando office that was primary sponsor of the 2001 “Fun Day” at Great Oaks Village. Carlton Fields lawyers spent the day leading in games and sharing refreshments with disadvantaged and abused youth.last_img read more