Community Involvement

 

From supporting the education of America’s future attorneys to supporting nonprofits and charities, WMR Defense has a rich history of giving back to the community.

During the summer of 2015, WMR Defense connected with Centre College to extend an internship to Prathyu Matam that provided her with the opportunity to expand her skills and gain insight into the legal world. Education and support provided by the firm increased her experience and knowledge in the field, and allowed her to work closely with the Fayette County judicial system. Matam had already represented a teen defendant through the Teen Court Program before her internship, and we worked to cultivate her interest even further. You can access Centre College’s article about Matam’s internship here (HYPERLINK).

In addition to internships, WMR Defense has provided scholarships to students at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

WMR Defense’s commitment to community involvement stems from our own employees’ desire to lend a helping had. We have supported many programs in which attorneys and staff are involved, including:

  • Participated in "Habitat Build" event with the Lexington Habitat for Humanity. (2018)

  • Sponsored a “Love Your Neighborhood” event with the Lexington Habitat for Humanity and the Bluegrass Claims Association, which worked to provide exterior repairs to homes around Lexington. (2017)

  • Sponsored and served a meal at The Hope Center, a local non-profit that works to assist those in poverty in Lexington.

  • Donated to the Fayette County Bar Association’s annual school supply drive.

  • Donated to a food drive for God’s Pantry. The firm matched attorney donations one-to-one.

  • Donated to Dress for Success Lexington, an organization focused on aiding women with financial need to learn and obtain the skills and wardrobe necessary for finding a competitive job. Dress for Success Lexington continues to work on polishing resumes and wardrobe building long after the women ace an interview and attain a position.

  • Participated in the Bluegrass Claims Association’s auction, which raised money for The Salvation Army Food Angel Tree.

  • Sponsors children annually in the Bluegrass Fraternal Order of Police’s annual Shop With a Cop event, a program designed to bring the joy of the holiday season to families in financial need in the Lexington area.

  • Donated to the Captain Reginald Underwood Young Marines, a youth education program for ages eight to 18 that teaches the values of honor, courage and commitment. Member Melissa Thompson Richardson was the guest of honor at the program’s annual graduation in 2015.

  • Donated to Team Red, White & Blue, a program that works to aid veterans struggling with mental illness or struggling with returning to daily life after deployment.

  • Donations to the local American Diabetes Association’s Walk for Awareness, which promotes the health and wellbeing of individuals struggling with Diabetes in the local area.

  • Employees participate in the Habitat for Humanity’s annual Shamrock Shuffle race to support the building of affordable housing for the local area’s homeless and disaster victims.

  • Donated to The University of Kentucky Christian Student Fellowship’s winter wear drive, an effort to provide Lexington’s homeless with warm clothing during the cold winter months.

  • Donated to support participants in Dance Blue, the University of Kentucky’s annual fundraiser to support research for pediatric cancer.

  • Matched employee donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

At WMR Defense, many members of the staff serve in prominent leadership positions across the state and local area, further fostering our culture of community involvement:

  • Regina Berry Anderson, Office Manager, is activley involved with Caring Hearts of Nicholas County, an organization that raises money for physically handicapped children in the Nicholas County area.

  • Doug Dawson, Senior Associate, serves on the board of the Kentucky Pond of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International, the board of Eastern Area Community Ministries and the board of Beargrass Christian Church.

  • Melissa Richardson, Member, serves as the president of the Casey County Alumni Association, an organization dedicated to raising funds for the purpose of scholarships based on financial need and academic merit within Casey County.

The contributions that the members of the WMR Defense team make to the area demonstrate our culture of service and dedication to the communities in which we practice. At WMR Defense, fulfilling our slogan “Planning to resolve. Preparing to win.” is deeply rooted in knowing and serving the communities we live in.