Community and Professional Leadership

A steadfast commitment to and long tradition of community service has been a hallmark of Smith Anderson since our founding over 100 years ago. We remain devoted to a culture of service and leadership in our community through giving back to our communities and our profession. 

Our firm culture embodies these principles in three interrelated ways: 

Serving in leadership roles in civic and philanthropic and professional organizations

Smith Anderson lawyers routinely hold professional and community leadership positions in a wide range of non-profit organizations, both locally and on a national level. We are proud to support more than 75 not-for-profits and associations through sponsorships and hundreds of hours of volunteer time. At our roots, our firm’s founder was a United States Senator and the first North Carolinian to be elected President of the American Bar Association. Caryn Coppedge McNeill will be the fifth Smith Anderson partner to serve as president of the NCBA beginning in June 2017, following Willis Smith (1941-42), James K. Dorsett, Jr. (1959-60), John L. Jernigan (1999-2000) and Martin H. Brinkley (2011-12). 

Advocating on behalf of individuals who would otherwise be denied justice by providing pro bono legal counsel

To mark our firm's centennial, we committed $100,000 to Legal Aid of North Carolina, a non-profit law firm that provides free legal advice to low-income individuals. We counsel hundreds of legal aid clients about difficult legal issues. We take up the cause of impoverished tenants being denied their rights by landlords. We advocate for abused and neglected children by supporting Guardians ad litem appeals. We help disabled veterans secure what is legally theirs. We help non-profits resolve legal issues that would otherwise drain funds from the needy communities they serve. Providing pro bono legal services to those of limited means, and to the worthy organizations that champion their cause, is a long-established and ongoing commitment of Smith Anderson. 

Establishing the Smith Anderson Community Fund for charitable and community organizations

Founded in 2006, our Smith Anderson Community Fund provides financial support to a range of charitable and community organizations that help people meet their most basic needs. The Smith Anderson Community Fund’s mission is “to provide financial assistance to Research Triangle area community-based organizations who provide services and support to underprivileged individuals, children and families in need of essential human requirements for food, medical aid, education and similar basic services.”  

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