Q&A with David Hammond of Davis Graham & Stubbs
One of the several ways Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP supports Mile High United Way is through their sponsorhip of our Tocqueville Society. David Hammond is a partner at the firm.
Why is Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP a Mile High United Way Tocqueville Society Sponsor?
We believe in the mission of Mile High United Way and Tocqueville Society and have been contributing to the organization in one way or another for decades. We know that acting as a philanthropic leader sets an example for others and further strengthens Mile High United Way’s mission and goals.
How long has Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP been involved with Mile High United Way?
Our relationship with the Mile High United Way began in the late 1980’s when then partner Dale Harris was asked to represent the organization and also volunteer. In 1989, he served six year terms on the board, including a two-year stint as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 2001, I joined the Board of Trustees and have served in various board and committee positions ever since, also leading the firm’s corporate fundraising campaigns. Many other DGS lawyers and staff have been, and are, volunteers. In 2013, DGS was awarded the United Way’s Champion of Hope award for a medium-sized company.
What is your company’s philosophy on corporate giving and philanthropy?
DGS attorneys have a long tradition of serving Colorado's business, professional, civic and cultural communities. Our lawyers take leadership roles in legal professional organizations, law schools, pro bono efforts, charitable and civic organizations, and governmental agencies, boards, and commissions. We ask our attorneys to get involved in what they love and make a difference with their involvement. The Denver community has supported us for nearly a century, and we make every effort to give back to the community that has been so good to us.
Is giving back to the community part of the company culture?
Absolutely! We encourage our attorneys and staff to get involved in projects that they are passionate about – whether it’s a pro bono representation of indigent prisoners or serving on a nonprofit board. Additionally, DGS has several more formal programs to help people get involved. Over the last few years, DGS attorneys and staff have been tutoring children at University Prep, a K-5, tuition-free, public charter school serving underprivileged students. The school was founded on the belief that all students deserve an exceptional education regardless of zip code, race, or socioeconomic status with the mantra of “College Starts in Kindergarten.”
The firm supports a work-study program through the Arrupe Jesuit High School, a member of the Cristo Rey Network, which is a national association of high schools providing college preparatory education to students who could not otherwise afford this quality of education.
DGS has also conducted an annual holiday toy drive over the last several years focusing on children who are in a Denver Social Services network foster program; our support of this program has ensured that every child in the program has received a gift during the annual holiday family visit.
How else does Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP give back to the community?
In addition to the activities described above, many of our attorneys get involved in individual projects and serve in leadership roles in legal professional organizations, law schools, leading charitable and civic organizations, governmental agencies, boards, and commissions.
On the pro bono side, DGS is a founding member of the Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC), a consortium of Colorado firms that take on significant pro bono cases. DGS has twice been named CLC Law Firm of the Year for its pro bono contributions. We have also partnered with the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, a unique nonprofit organization that has protected abused and neglected children for more than two decades. More than 20 DGS lawyers provide pro bono legal services to RMCLC clients, and the firm provides both financial and training support to the organization to help it expand its reach in the community.
We also have many in-kind legal services partnerships – including one with the Mile High United Way, Rocky Mountain PBS, Habitat for Humanity and the Colfax Marathon. And of course our annual Mile High United Way Corporate Campaigns have been very successful with the firm’s contributions increasing five-fold over the last several years.