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Community Service

At Parker Poe, we seek a better future for our clients, our community and each other.

Those aren’t just words to us. Community service is a part of our culture here at Parker Poe. We are proud of our lawyers who have a passion for public service and encourage them to pursue their interests. We understand that as lawyers, we have an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference.

Firm-wide, Parker Poe lawyers have been involved in bar and civic activities throughout the Southeast for years.  Our attorneys have held positions including President of the North Carolina State Bar, Chair of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg School Board, President of the Spartanburg, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and President of the American Symphony Association, to name just a few. Several attorneys have served as trustees of institutions of higher learning and four of our attorneys served as President of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association and one served as President of the Wake County Bar Association. In North Carolina, we have the immediate past Mayor of Charlotte, Mayor of Knightdale and the immediate past Mayor of Raleigh.

Many of our lawyers are involved in leadership positions in various charitable and arts organizations as well.

Recent examples of our individual attorneys’ community service and firm-wide activities include:
 

  • Catharine Biggs Arrowood, a Partner in Parker Poe’s Raleigh office, is the immediate past President of the North Carolina Bar Association.
  • Parker Poe was named a recipient of the Medal of Arts, the City of Raleigh’s highest arts honor, by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. The award is given for demonstrating lifetime extraordinary achievement in support of local arts.
  • Sidney J. Evering II, an attorney in Parker Poe’s Columbia office, was named to the South Carolina Bar Foundation’s board of directors. As a member of the board, Mr. Evering will work with the Bar Foundation to advance justice to all South Carolina citizens through the outreach programs and services offered by the nonprofit’s 18 grant organizations.
  • John R. Hairr III, a Partner in the Charlotte office of Parker Poe, has been elected to the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s (NCWF) board of directors. The NCWF is the state’s oldest and largest statewide wildlife conservation organization.
  • Patti Bartis, a Partner in the Raleigh office, has been appointed chair of the board of directors of Marbles Kids Museum. She will serve a one-year term in this role. Ms. Bartis most recently served as vice chair of the Marbles board and as chair of the personnel committee from 2011-2012. Additionally, she was a member of the Contemporary Art Foundation’s board of directors from 2010-2012.
  • Sarah Fulton Hutchins, an attorney in Parker Poe’s Charlotte office, will serve a second term as secretary of the board of directors for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC). She will work with fellow executive officers to lead a team of statewide volunteers dedicated to child well-being and family strengthening efforts across North Carolina.
  • Josephine H. Hicks, a Partner in Parker Poe’s Charlotte office, has joined the board of directors of the Augustine Project for Literacy, a Charlotte nonprofit that works to improve the reading, writing and spelling skills of low income students through free, long-term one-on-one instruction from highly trained volunteer tutors.
  • Jason Herndon, an attorney in Parker Poe’s Raleigh office, was named to the board of directors of the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC). He will serve a six-year term.
  • The North Carolina Symphony board of directors presented outgoing board chair Catharine Biggs Arrowood, a Partner in Parker Poe’s Raleigh office, with the first-ever “North Carolina Symphony’s Directors Award of Excellence.” The Executive Committee of the Symphony established the award to recognize ongoing and extraordinary service to the organization. Ms. Arrowood has served as a trustee of the Symphony for 11 years, including three years as board chair.
  • For decades, Parker Poe and its lawyers have been intentional and committed in providing support and service to numerous arts-based organizations including Arts North Carolina, Artspace, the Burning Coal TheaterCarolina BalletMarbles Kids Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina and CAM Raleigh, among others.
  • Attorneys and staff members in Parker Poe’s Columbia office participated in a house build in 2013 as part of the Buildable Hours Project, a joint effort of the Richland County Bar Association and Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity that raises funds to build a house for a Midlands family while providing a worthwhile team building experience for the participants. Parker Poe was also a sponsor of the Buildable Hours Project.
  •  Attorneys and staff from several offices actively participate in fund-raising efforts for such organizations as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the March of Dimes and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  •  Parker Poe is consistently a leader in the United Way and Arts & Science Council fund drives among the attorneys and staff.

Some notable past community activities include:

  • More than 10 years ago, Parker Poe established a scholarship program through an endowment to Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black university located in Charlotte. Since the school’s beginning, a Parker Poe attorney has served as a member of the Board of Trustees.
  • The Raleigh office received the 2007 Pinnacle Business Award from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.  A Chamber executive noted, “The firm and its individuals continue to give back to the community year after year, and that sets Parker Poe apart.”
  • In our Columbia office, an attorney spearheaded the South Carolina/Germany International Youth Cultural Exchange Program which reaches hundreds of young soccer athletes every year.
  • One Charlotte attorney received the state’s highest honor in 2008, The Order Of The Long Leaf Pine, for his long service to the Arts.
  • T. Alexander Evins, a Partner in the Spartanburg office, received the Chamber’s top award, The Neville Holcombe Distinguished Service Award, in honor of his efforts in establishing the Chapman Cultural Center project.
  • In 2008, one Charlotte staff member organized the Classroom Central’s “Give Kids A Book” program for our office and collected more than 800 books for local school children.