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Community Involvement



Porter Scott understands the importance of giving back to the community. We are committed to building strong, vibrant communities, improving quality of life, and making a positive difference where we work and live. Porter Scott strongly encourages its attorneys and staff to participate in pro bono activities and volunteer services.

 

Alzheimer's Aid Society Memorial 5K Run/Walk

For the past couple of years, Porter Scott employees, friends and family have formed a large team for the Annual Alzheimer's Aid Society Memorial 5K Run/Walk at beautiful East Lawn Memorial Park in East Sacramento. The Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California is one of the only Alzheimer's organizations in Northern California where our total contribution dollars remain within the state to help Alzheimer's families. PHOTO »

Cristo Rey High School

Porter Scott is a sponsor of Cristo Rey High School, which is a nationally recognized high school that exists to provide a college preparatory education to motivated students with limited financial means. All students participate in a unique Work-Study program learning professional work skills and generating income to offset the cost of their eduction. Porter Scott has participated in this program for the last four years by providing employment to Cristo Rey High School students. Our goal is to partner with Cristo Rey so students can learn skills to help prepare them for future employment.

Habitat for Humanity

Porter Scott is a proud contributor of financial support and labor to Buildable Hours, a non-profit organization of law firms working with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for deserving families in our area.PHOTO »

WIND Youth Services

As a part of Porter Scott's commitment to the community, the firm began a cooperative effort with WIND Youth Services to provide youth counseling at the WIND Center. Porter Scott attorneys will be present at the WIND Center twice a month to provide the homeless youth who use WIND services with another outlet to discuss legal issues and refer them to available recourses for assistance. We believe it is important to provide these youth, many of whom have been ignored or failed by our community, with guidance and support in their efforts to progress towards a healthy, functioning and independent adulthood.

Every Christmas, Porter Scott comes together to bake cookies for their Annual WIND Christmas party and distribute them to the youth at the shelter. The amount of support by the attorneys and staff is incredible, and it provides a great time for all involved.

Gordon D. Schaber Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition

The Sacramento County Office of Education sponsors the annual Gordon D. Schaber Mock Trial and Moot Court Competition. Porter Scott attorneys volunteer as judges and coaches for high school students in the moot court, mock trial and youth court programs. Theses activities expose students to the judicial process and assist them in developing skills in the areas of reasoning, public speaking and self-confidence.

The Gordon D. Schaber Mock Trial and Moot Court competition is open to students from approximately 30 high schools and is supported by volunteers from the legal community participating as presiding or scoring judges and appellate justices. The competition initially consists of four preliminary rounds with the top scoring schools from each round moving on to the semi-final and final rounds. Awards are given to the top teams in both competitions. Individual awards for outstanding performance throughout the competition are also given. The competition becomes reality when the students step into actual courtrooms to present their cases. This year’s competition was held at the Sacramento Superior Court for the early rounds with the semi-final and final rounds being held at the U.S. District Court and the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento.

The Mock Trial competition simulates a trial level proceeding with the students taking the roles of pre-trial counsel, prosecution and defense attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, bailiffs and jurors. For 2012, the student teams were challenged with a criminal case involving the murder of a college student.

The Moot Court competition is an appellate level proceeding in which the students prepare and argue a topical case matter before a three-judge panel who pepper the student attorney with spontaneous questions throughout their prepared arguments. The issues on appeal for 2012 involved a civil case on the issue of bullying.

Each year Porter Scott associates make a strong showing with a number of volunteers serving as coaches, as well as presiding/scoring and appellate judges. Some associates do double duty and volunteer to judge both the Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions. Porter Scott judges participate in each and every round of both competitions.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Porter Scott goes the distance for the cure. This year was Sacramento's 14th annual Race for the Cure and is one of the largest running events in Northern California. It started in 1997 and has grown from 2,039 participants to over 23,000 in 2010, raising over $2 million for local breast care services. This year Porter Scott developed a team of 45 members to show support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at the Cal Expo Center. Click here to view photo.

Sacramento County Bar Association Summer Fellowship Program

Porter Scott collaborates with SCBA, McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California at Davis School of Law to sponsor a Summer Fellowship Program for minority and disadvantaged first-year law students. Porter Scott enjoys its involvement as part of its Summer Law Clerk program in helping to prepare minority and disadvantaged law students to become competitive in the legal industry.

Deserving Organizations

Porter Scott has provided support to the following programs: