Our lawyers and staff work with a wide variety of organizations to make a positive impact in our local communities. We have lawyers that have participated in Leadership Alabama, Leadership Mobile, Leadership Birmingham, and Leadership Bay County. Several of our lawyers work with and support our local chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and community foundations. In response to recent natural disasters in our communities, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, our firm stepped up and helped our communities recover and navigate these uncertain times. And our firm has an established commitment to mentoring and serves as a corporate partner with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Alabama. Lawyers and staff in the Mobile office serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to Littles in our community.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale lawyers and staff are encouraged to use their talents in service of the community and to take on leadership roles in charitable and service organizations of their choosing, and the firm often provides financial support towards those endeavors. As a result, the firm has been privileged to help support organizations that promote the arts, culture, business development, education, child advocacy, combating poverty, disaster relief, mentoring, healthcare, the environment, historical preservation and other community service missions.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale is deeply committed to improving access to justice for the citizens in the communities we serve. Our lawyers participate and hold leadership roles in several pro bono programs and bar association charitable foundations, and our lawyers are encouraged to provide pro bono legal services where they are needed. Hand Arendall Harrison Sale associates receive billable credit for pro bono work and often gain valuable experience at an earlier stage in their careers thanks to their pro bono matters. Several of our Mobile lawyers serve as volunteer lawyers for the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program by volunteering at legal advice clinics and taking individual client matters.
Several of our lawyers have been recognized for their pro bono service. Mobile lawyers Buzzy Riis, Bob Riccio, Wes Hunter, Paul Beckmann, Craig Campbell, and Neil Johnston have been recognized by the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers program. In 2006, Douglas J. Sale was awarded the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 14th Judicial Circuit and Julia Maddalena was awarded the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award 2018-2019. And in 2015, Bradley Hargett earned the Alabama State Bar’s Student Pro Bono Award. Lisa Cooper is a past President and current member of the Board of Directors of the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program board, and Christine Hart currently serves as an Officer-at-Large for the Board of Directors of the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the Alabama State Bar in 2002.