The Legal Foundation of Washington recognizes GTH as a “Law Firm Champion” at the Goldmark Luncheon

Attorneys from Gordon Thomas Honeywell attended the Legal Foundation of Washington’s (LFW) Goldmark Luncheon where GTH was recognized as a “Law Firm Champion” for its financial support of civil legal aid.  GTH partner Eric Gilman currently serves as a board member of the Campaign for Equal Justice and partner Sal Mungia serves on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Equal Justice. This year’s winners of the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award, chosen by the LFW for their work for justice in Washington, were the Washington Attorney General’s Office and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Gordon Thomas Honeywell is proud to be a supporter of the Legal Foundation of Washington.

A video about their work can be seen here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li6s7ZLwaPs&feature=youtu.be

The Defense Litigation Group at GTH partners with Kids In Need of Defense.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) is an immigration advocacy group for children. KIND serves as the leading organization for representing children that enter the US immigration without legal representation. GTH is proud to partner with KIND on a pro bono basis in representing several children from Central America. The children escaped their home country due to unsafe circumstances and are currently seeking asylum status in the United States. Unaccompanied children are five times more likely to obtain protected status if they have legal representation during their immigration proceedings. GTH’s Defense Litigation Practice Group is honored to represent these children and is working hard to assist the children in their efforts to remain in their adopted home country.  Robert Wilke, one of the attorneys representing the minors, said “the children are absolutely thriving here and we want to make sure they continue to have a safe, stable home by advocating on their behalf at immigration proceedings.”

For more information about KIND, please visit their website: https://supportkind.org

 

GTH continued its long-standing tradition as the lead sponsor for the Symphony Tacoma Orchestra’s opening night celebration

On October 21, 2017, GTH continued its long-standing tradition as the lead sponsor for the Symphony Tacoma Orchestra’s opening night celebration. This celebration featured the amazing music from West Side Story and The Waterfront in honor of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. GTH Partner Dianne K. Conway has served on the Symphony’s Board of Directors since 2015 and also chaired this year’s Gala fundraising event, which was the most successful in the Symphony’s history. Dianne’s service on the Board was preceded by Partner John Guadnola, who served an astounding 21 years on the Board (1989-2010) and notes “If Tacoma was going to be a city I wanted to live in, it needed a Symphony.”  GTH Partner James Beck also served on the Board from 2010 to 2013.

Youth education is a central focus of the Symphony’s mission. The Symphony’s youth programs include Simply Symphonic, an award-winning program for 5th Grade students; Mini Maestros, featuring a curriculum prepared by Early Childhood Learning experts for children ages 2-8; and the Instrument Petting Zoo, which exposes young children to music through a hands-on experience. The Symphony’s newest youth education program, Symphony2U, sends musicians from the Symphony into under-privileged local high school classrooms to provide weekly coaching sessions to music students. 

For more information about Symphony Tacoma, go to https://symphonytacoma.org/about

 

GTH continues to support Access for Equal Justice

The Campaign for Equal Justice (C4EJ) is a statewide effort to raise funds for civil legal aid in support of those who would otherwise be unable to afford a lawyer. GTH Partner Eric Gilman serves on the C4EJ Board and co-chairs the Pierce County Law Firm Campaign.  He is also the President of the Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Foundation, which raises money for the Volunteer Legal Services program (VLS) in Pierce County.  GTH is a longtime supporter of VLS, with attorneys and staff regularly volunteering at VLS’s pro bono clinics. This year, we fielded three teams in the Tacoma City Marathon for the “Run for Equal Justice,” running a combined 78.6 miles to raise money for VLS!  GTH has been honored with VLS’s Law Firm Pro Bono Award in six of the last ten years. 

GTH sponsors EFN’s Annual Abundance Dinner

On October 28, 2017 GTH continued its long-standing support of the Emergency Food Network (EFN), by sponsoring this year’s Abundance Dinner Auction. This event raised over $350,000, which will help provide more than 1.7 million meals to those in need in the Pacific Northwest.  “This was a great event for an even better cause; we had a lot of fun and look forward to welcoming new faces to join us next year!” said Shelly Andrew, GTH partner and EFN board member.

You can find more information on the Emergency Food Network and the great work they do in our community by checking out their website http://www.efoodnet.org

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GTH welcomes Sheridan Elementary School first graders, prinicpal, and mayor

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An idea years in the making is finally coming to fruition. In 2008, GTH Partner Sal Mungia, had an idea to team up with area businesses to sponsor local elementary classes. Time and resources were limited, however, and sadly the project never progressed out of the preliminary stages. Nine years later, GTH is proud to help Sal’s vision come true. 

Over the summer, Sal worked with the principal of Sheridan Elementary to develop a pilot program aimed at enriching the lives of local children. After working with the GTH diversity committee and receiving approval from the firm’s Board, the program is now underway. For the 2017-2018 school year, GTH attorneys and staff will volunteer their time at Sheridan Elementary with the goal of improving students’ reading, writing, and math skills.

To kick off GTH’s newest community endeavor, Sheridan Elementary first-graders were invited to our Tacoma office to meet GTH attorneys and staff and take a tour of the office. Tacoma’s Mayor, Marilyn Strickland also attended the kick-off celebration. While speaking to the first-grade class, Mayor Strickland reminded the students, “You’re here today because a lot of people in this city really love you. They want you to imagine what your life could be when you grow up.”

GTH attorneys and staff began volunteering the week of October 30, 2017. Attorneys and staff have reported their first visit was a remarkable experience. Receptionist, Mary Rodriguez, stated her visit was a “priceless and a rewarding experience.” 

Throughout the school year, GTH will seek new ways to engage these bright and creative children. This month Sheridan first graders will enter in a holiday card design competition.  After the attorneys and staff vote on their favorite design, GTH will have the privilege of using one student’s artwork on this year’s firm holiday card.  

GTH’s long-term vision is to continue to sponsor this class each year through the 5th grade. Future classes will not feel left in the dark as GTH hopes to encourage other local businesses to sponsor incoming first-grade classes.

You can join our adventure by following us on Facebook.

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GTH and its Partners Have Donated More Than One Million Dollars

Gordon Thomas Honeywell has been involved in the community through civic and charitable organizations for over 120 years. We are proud to continue that tradition today. In the last decade, GTH and its partners have donated more than one million dollars to local charitable, social, cultural, and educational organizations throughout Pierce and King County. GTH recognizes that the Pacific Northwest is a great place to live, build a business, or raise a family. That is why we make a concerted effort to give back to the community that we are proud to call home.

For a representative list of the many organizations that GTH proudly supports, please observe our Community Involvement page.

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