In November, Newhouse + Noblin made a donation to Sam’s Squad, a group organized in support of a local 9-year old “superhero” named Sam, but more broadly designed to help fight Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy – the most severe form of the condition. Sam began life struggling to breathe and survive, and the odds were that he would never leave the hospital. But he did. Beginning at 9 weeks of age, Sam started treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Although Sam can now walk, his muscles are weak. So, when he needs to travel longer distances, he races around in an orange, manual wheelchair with wheels that light up as he rolls.
Sam overcame the odds and is now a fun-loving, sweet nine-year old kid who loves superheroes, Toy Story, music, movies, animals and his family. Sam is especially fond of his older brother, Will. Every day Sam continues to fight Muscular Dystrophy and beat the odds, always with great cheer and humor. That’s why we think of Sam as our superhero.
You can be a superhero too by joining Sam’s Squad and running or walking in the Dallas White Rock Marathon on December 4, 2011, volunteering, or making a donation to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.
SoupMobile is a Dallas based charity that not only strives to feed the area’s homeless with food, but to also “feed” them with love, caring, compassion and shelter. As part of Newhouse + Noblin’s commitment to company-wide community service each month, we have formed teams to make sandwiches for delivery to the SoupMobile’s food trucks.
Typically, we prepare 500 fresh sandwiches and deliver them that same morning. We have been privileged to help in this cause many times over the past two years, and thanks to the efforts of the SoupMobile and its volunteers, over 200,000 meals were provided last year to Dallas’ homeless.
Kelly Noblin recently spoke at the Advanced In-House Counsel Course: “Reaching Calm Waters – Charting Your Course as In-House Counsel,” sponsored by the Texas Bar CLE. The over 100 attendees were mostly current in-house counsel who appreciated Kelly’s insight into current hiring trends and advice about doing more with less – a common theme for many legal departments. She highlighted how many departments are relying on contract attorneys to fill in gaps during hiring freezes or for employee leaves. Newhouse + Noblin’s practice support division, including its contract attorney recruiting services, has seen a significant spike in sustained activity since the onslaught of the 2008-2009 recession.
Clearly, in-house legal services don’t lessen during a recession; if anything, they increase. General Counsels feel the pressure to keep more work in-house, yet are often hamstrung with hiring freezes or other budget measures that prevent addition to headcount. Newhouse + Noblin can provide a solution by providing qualified contractors at a simple, reasonable hourly fee. You can view upcoming CLE seminars and other helpful information at Texas Continuing Legal Education.
The Green Beans & Guacamole cookbook project stems from the love for people like Austin Hanson, who have intellectual disabilities. When Austin wanted to throw his mother a surprise birthday party, he ordered the flowers and balloons, purchased the cake, and decided the on menu. As you can imagine, it was a wonderful affair and everyone enjoyed the menu, which consisted of green beans and guacamole! The GB&G coffee-table style cookbook will feature recipes from Houston’s top restaurants (think Phillipe, Tony’s and Mark’s) with proceeds benefiting the ARC, an organization advocating for people with intellectual and other disabilities. Beth Walker from our Houston office has been active in the project. A recent event at one of Houston’s new hot spots, Sorell, raised over $10,000 for the project. For more information on the projects (and pre-orders) visit Green Beans and Guacamole.
The Usuals, a Dallas-based band formed by Russell Newhouse in 2007, recently performed at the Granada Theater as part of “Law Jam 3.” Law Jam is a benefit concert, organized as a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, to provide legal aid to over 3,500 families in North Texas. The Usuals, comprised mostly of Dallas-area attorneys, put on an inspired show featuring an eclectic set list spanning six decades, including songs from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Black Crowes, Toadies, Pearl Jam, Queen, and even the late, great, Johnny Cash.
I have worked with Tish Elliott of Newhouse + Noblin for over a decade, and she has been instrumental in helping us build a first-class legal department. Tish has a keen insight into candidates, as well as solid advice on every aspect of building a legal department.
Bradley C. Barron,
President and CEO,
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