The firm encourages and actively supports the participation of our attorneys and staff in all manner of professional, charitable and community endeavors that strive to improve lives and address the needs of the under served. Such service, we believe, enriches us all. Briefly described below are examples of some of the ways in which Morris James applies its knowledge and energy to work for the greater good of our communities.
Helping The Community
Our attorneys devote innumerable hours assisting low-income clients with their legal needs, and serving in leadership roles with agencies dedicated to legal advocacy and help for the poor. In the last year, twenty-five of our attorneys and nine paralegals provided pro bono legal services.
Access to Justice Commission - The Delaware Supreme Court in 2014 appointed Partner Lewis H. Lazarus to serve on the Access to Justice Commission and to chair its subcommittee on Judicial Branch Coordination In Helping Pro Se Litigants. Partner Jason C. Jowers was also appointed as a member of this subcommittee.
Office of the Child Advocate - More than 15 Morris James attorneys volunteer their time by providing legal representation for dependent, neglected, and abused children in civil Family Court proceedings and engaging in legislative advocacy for this agency charged with safeguarding the welfare of Delaware’s children. The Office of the Child Advocate has awarded its “Service To Children Award” to Partners Susan Ament and Lewis Lazarus for reaching a milestone of 10 years supporting the children of Delaware as attorney guardian ad litem. More than twelve of our attorneys have over 5 years of service to the OCA.
Combined Campaign for Justice - In addition, Morris James gives financial support to agencies that provide legal services to the poor, including donations to the Delaware State Bar Association Combined Campaign for Justice.
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services – Morris James attorneys and staff spend hundreds of hours each year assisting low income clients with problems in a variety of areas. Partner Mary M. Culley currently serves on the Board of Directors.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - This active nonprofit group raises money and awareness for the treatment of people with mental illness. Partner Edward M. McNally serves as president of the Delaware Chapter. A team of Morris James employees raises money each year in the Delaware National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-DE) Walk. This staff-run effort contributes moneys to fund over 250 people in 60 group homes around the state.
American Heart Association - Morris James is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Wilmington Heart Ball and the Southern Delaware Heart Ball – two Delaware events that celebrate the American Heart Association’s work and mission.
American Diabetes Association - Morris James joined the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes® movement by signing on as a “Figure Eight Barn Sponsor” for the 2013 Wilmington Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.
Morris James is integrally involved in non-profit and community organizations that assist children and families, the elderly, and the arts in Delaware.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, Inc. - The organization is dedicated to providing good futures for Delaware youth through life-enhancing programs and character developing experiences. Partner Lewis H. Lazarus is a long-time member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Children and Families First - This non-profit agency offers programs statewide to strengthen families. Partner P. Clarkson Collins, Jr. has served on the Board of Directors since 1980. He served as President and Chair from 1992-1994.
Children's Beach House/Sandcastle Ball - We are long-time supporters of this non-profit organization that strives to help children with special needs reach their highest potential as functioning members of their families and communities.
Delaware Photographic Society Endowment - In 2011, Morris James established an endowment to support the Delaware Photographic Society, the oldest camera club in the USA. The focus of the endowment is to encourage and develop interest in photography through the annual Morris James Photographic Competition Award that goes to the first place finisher of its annual print and projected image competition. To view the winners of the Morris James Photographic Competition, please click here.
The Links, Incorporated - Partner Patricia A. Winston is an officer of the Wilmington, Delaware chapter of this international, non-profit service organization consisting of nearly 14,000 professional women of color. The Chapter has spent over sixty-five years providing services to enhance the quality of life for residents in the Wilmington community. Services include: (1) a six-month long program for African-American male high school students to promote their self-confidence and self-esteem; (2) a school-year long STEM program for middle-aged females; and (3) workshops and cultural experiences for children being raised by their grandparents.
Awards & Recognitions
Access to Justice Awards - Morris James LLP received the Leadership Award at the Delaware State Bar Association’s Christopher W. White 2015 Distinguished Access to Justice Awards Breakfast on October 29th, 2015. The Leadership Award is given to the firm who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of pro bono service to the impoverished in Delaware, and who fosters a culture which recognizes the value of Access to Justice service. "Morris James is gratified to be acknowledged for its commitment to provide pro bono services to the disadvantaged in Delaware," said Managing Partner David H. Williams
Service to Children Award - Partners Susan D. Ament and Lewis H. Lazarus were recognized in 2014 and 2015, respectively, by the Office of the Child Advocate for reaching a milestone of 10 years supporting the children of Delaware as attorney guardian ad litem.
Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section 2014 Leadership Award - The Delaware State Bar Association honored partner Charles H. Toliver, IV with this award for his contributions to the legal community.
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services 2014 Honor Roll - Delaware Volunteer Legal Services recognized 15 Morris James attorneys as dedicated volunteers, 7 of whom performed over five years of pro bono service, and five who performed over ten years of pro bono service serving as attorneys ad litem on behalf of neglected and abused children.
American Diabetes Association Trophy – The Morris James Family and Friends Team was awarded the trophy for being the top corporate fundraising team for the 2012 American Diabetes Association’s “Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes."
Thompson Brown Award - Children and Families First awarded long-time supporter, P. Clarkson Collins, Jr. in 2008 for his efforts to strengthen and advocate for Delaware's families.
The Delaware State Bar Association Service to Children Award – In 2008, the Delaware State Bar Association presented this prestigious award to Morris James in recognition of the countless hours of pro bono representation our attorneys have provided to indigent children in Delaware.
Caleb R. Layton Distinguished Service Award - The Delaware District Court presented this award to Edward M. McNally in 2007 for his volunteer representation of indigent clients in federal court proceedings.
Kevin Free Award – Read-Aloud Delaware awarded Lewis H. Lazarus its highest honor for service to the organization, which acts to ensure that every Delaware preschooler is regularly read to one on one by a caring adult.
Over the past 13 years, a dedicated team of Morris James employees has raised money each year in the NAMI Delaware Walk.
The Morris James Family and Friends Team was awarded the trophy for being the top corporate fundraising team for the 2012 American Diabetes Association’s “Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes." The American Diabetes Association is an association working to fight the consequences of diabetes and to help those affected by diabetes.
NAMI Award - a statewide organization of families, mental health consumers, friends, and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by life-changing brain diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease, and major depression.
Children & Families First serves over 30,000 children and families each year. A dedicated team of staff and volunteers deliver more than 30 comprehensive social service programs throughout Delaware. Their services are child-centered and family-focused, forming a comprehensive continuum of quality social, educational and mental health services.
The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.