We are fortunate to live in a great place rich in the arts with a strong faith community and bountiful outdoor opportunities. Our attorneys have given back to our community through leadership service on non-profit boards, pro bono and other volunteer work to many non-profit and charitable organizations in Southwest Virginia and to the churches to which we belong. Below are some of the civic organizations we have served and additional information about our community:
The Barter Theatre is the official State Theatre of Virginia. It provides highly acclaimed and professional quality theatre in two separate venues (the Barter Main Stage and Barter Stage II). The Barter Theatre has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and is a cornerstone of the arts community in the region. One of our lawyers, Howard McElroy, has served on the board of the Barter Theatre for the better part of 20 years, including serving 4 years as President of the Barter Foundation.
William King Museum
The William King Museum, formerly the William King Regional Arts Center, is a non-profit regional art museum and arts education center that is Virginia’s only nationally-accredited museum west of Roanoke. It is a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and showcases the region’s cultural heritage as well as rotating exhibits from around the United States and world. William King traces its origins to a group of civic-minded individuals who, in 1979, sought to both create a community Museum and save an abandoned building. More than a decade later, the Museum redefined its service area as regional and successfully completed three renovations that resulted in the region’s first art museum. One of our lawyers, Dan Caldwell, was instrumental in the foundation and development of the William King Museum.
Historical Society of Washington County
The Historical Society of Washington County studies and preserves the history of Abingdon and Washington County. Two of our lawyers, Dan Caldwell and Eric Thiessen, have volunteered their homes for the Abingdon Annual Christmas Tour of Historic Homes and have participated fundraising activities for the Historical Society. Dan also completely renovated one of the historically significant homes in downtown Abingdon.
Rotary Club of Washington County and Rotary Club of Abingdon
Our lawyers have been involved in these civic organizations throughout the years. Jim Hodges is currently actively involved in the Washington County Rotary Club and serves on the Executive Board of the Club. Howard McElroy and Eric Thiessen have been members of the Abingdon Rotary Club—Howard is a Past President of the Club and is a Harris Fellow.
Abingdon Farmers Market
The Abingdon Farmers Market is located at the Market Pavilion at the corner of Remsburg Drive and Cummings Street and is 250 feet down the street from our office. The Market was one of the first of its kind in our region and has grown tremendously in the last decade. The Market provides fresh, local produce and other items on Saturdays and Tuesday afternoons between April and November. The Market Pavilion is owned by the Town of Abingdon and is the site of numerous concerts and community events throughout the year.
Virginia Creeper Trail
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34 mile shared use trail with 47 trestles (wooden railroad bridges) that starts in Abingdon and ends on the North Carolina border at the eastern end of Washington County, Virginia. It is one of the preeminent rail-to-trail conversions in the Eastern United States. The trailhead is less than a mile from our office. Several of our attorneys and staff regularly use this fantastic trail to bike and run.
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
SWVHEC is a state-of-the art higher education and conference facility located in Abingdon approximately three miles from our office. It provides facilities for between 5 and 1,500 people and higher education degree programming for 10 Virginia Universities, including University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. There are multiple board rooms, classrooms and conference rooms, many with video conferencing capabilities.
We have used this facility in the past as a neutral location for mediations, to give presentations and to conduct video depositions of individuals, for example out-of-state experts, who cannot come to the region.
Town of Abingdon
The Town of Abingdon is where our office is located and where most of us live. Eric Thiessen currently serves on one of the citizen advisory committees for the Town. The lawyers in the firm have been active in the Town’s affairs and in the local school system over the years, with most of us having our children graduated or currently progressing through the local public schools.
Pro Bono and Legal Aid / Southwest Virginia Legal Aid
We recognize that not all individuals and organizations who reside in our region are fortunate enough to afford legal services. We perform services and contribute to organizations including local churches that help the needy in our region. We provide pro bono counsel to several non-profit organizations in the area, including preparation and maintenance of their incorporation papers, their bylaws, and serve as their registered agents.
The Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society is the primary organization that delivers civil legal services to low income individuals and families in Southwest Virginia. One of our lawyers, Jim Hodges, served on the Executive Board of SVLAS for over 20 years.
We may be willing to handle or assist nonprofit groups and needy individuals with certain pro bono matters, especially those with novel legal issues or matters of regional importance. Please contact us or call (276) 628-9515 if you feel that your organization may have such a need.