Social Responsibility

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Robinson Bradshaw is committed to our clients and to the communities in which we do business. Our firm has a strong tradition of public service to a wide range of charitable, professional and community organizations, dating back to our founding in 1960. The firm encourages and supports our lawyers who give back to the community through volunteerism, leadership and financial support.

Pro Bono

Robinson Bradshaw has long recognized a civic and professional responsibility to address the unmet legal needs of the indigent and disadvantaged population. We provide pro bono services to individuals and organizations that assist this underserved population, including matters referred by Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc., Mecklenburg County Bar Domestic Violence program, Legal Services for the Elderly, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and the Council for Children’s Rights.

Lawyers at the firm also provide pro bono assistance to nonprofit charitable organizations in the community. Services include corporate organization, financing, real estate acquisitions and other business transactions.

Additionally, the firm performs pro bono criminal work, particularly in the areas of appointed criminal appeals and post-conviction capital representation.

Select pro bono experience includes:

Community Service

Beyond pro bono work, the firm actively encourages its individuals to pursue service work for organizations that appeal to their unique interests. This is reflected in a diverse set of leadership positions with boards of bar associations, boards of education and various environmental, charitable, religious and civic organizations. To encourage community service, employees are given a day to volunteer at an organization of their choice.

Financial Support

Our firm donates time, as well as our resources by providing financial support through sponsorships, donations and partnerships. Recent examples include a commitment to the Endowment Campaign for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, a 10-year commitment for the Carolina Theatre renovation project, sponsorship of the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Carolinas Center for Legal Advocacy and donations to organizations including the Women’s Impact Fund, Safe Alliance, Atrium Health Foundation and the Urban Land Institute.

Awards & Recognition

Robinson Bradshaw and our attorneys are frequently recognized for community involvement. Examples of awards and recognition include:

Public & Bar Service

Five of our lawyers – Russell M. Robinson IIRobert C. SinkA. Ward McKeithen, Mark W. Merritt and Robert E. Harrington – have served as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association. Robert Sink and Mark Merritt previously served as president of the North Carolina State Bar. And, John R. Wester served as president of the North Carolina Bar Association.

In addition, Richard A. Vinroot was a member of the Charlotte City Council from 1983-91 and mayor of the city of Charlotte from 1991-95. And, Ward McKeithen served as a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education from 1976-88.

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