Over the years, we have dedicated our time and energy to many organizations that help the community and benefit the greater good. Below are some of the organizations our attorneys and staff have chosen to actively support.
Michele Smith founded and served as President of SAIL Housing for seven years from 2006 to 2013. SAIL Housing is a charitable, non-profit organization committed to creating safe and service-supported housing opportunities where persons with developmental disabilities can succeed in living independently. SAIL Housing currently assists 22 adults with developmental disabilities who now live independently in their own apartments in Eugene. For more about Sail Housing, see the August 2013 article on AAJ’s Trial Lawyers Care website at http://www.triallawyerscare.org/helping-adults-with-developmental-disabilities-achieve-independence/.
Currently, Michele volunteers in a consortium work group that is focused on providing supports and programs designed for developmentally disabled adults to achieve success in college and transition into careers commensurate with their education and ability.
Doug Schaller serves on the board of Independent Environments, Inc., a non-profit corporation providing residential support to those who experience developmental disabilities such as visual and hearing loss, cerebral palsy, speech and language disorders, autism and emotional disturbances. They currently support nearly two dozen men and women, living in six separate houses.
Scott Lucas is on the Board of Directors of The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). With the support of its member entities, which include Lane County and the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and Oakridge, LRAPA carries out its mission to protect and enhance air quality through a combination of regulatory and non regulatory programs and activities. The agency plays an active role in community development and planning, and works collectively with other local governments and community groups to help achieve federal Clean Air Act goals and objectives.
Scott Lucas also teaches high school students about one of the most common causes of teen injury and death: distracted driving. A member of EndDD (End Distracted Driving), Scott believes that personal interaction with teen drivers is an important link in changing this dangerous course.
Mardel Chinburg serves on the Board of Directors for Pacific Rivers Council (PRC). PRC is one of the most influential river conservation groups in the country. Their mission is to protect and restore rivers, watershed, and native aquatic species in Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Montana and Idaho.
Mardel Chinburg also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Lane County Healthy Active Youth (LCHAY), a non profit organization promoting child health and preventing childhood obesity through advocacy and action.
Derek Johnson is the President of the Board of Directors of Eugene Metro Futbol Club (EMFC), a top-quality soccer program for competitive youth players in the Eugene-Springfield area. EMFC offers programs for kids of all ages. They field youth and high school teams, and also offer introductory programs for kids as young as four years old.
Kristin Barber is a member of Congenital Heart Information Network, a national organization that provides reliable information, advocacy, support services, financial assistance and resources to families of children with congenital heart defects and acquired heart disease, and adults with congenital heart defects.
Pattie Jenkins is a dedicated blood donor to The Lane Blood Center, where she just made her 120th blood donation. The Lane Blood Center is a nonprofit corporation providing life saving blood and blood products to the local community under sponsorship of the Lane County Medical Society.
Each year Pattie Jenkins spearheads the firm’s contribution to the Relief Nursery’s Sponsor-a-Family program, which provides gifts and food to Relief Nursery families during the holiday season. The mission of the Relief Nursery is to prevent the cycle of child abuse and neglect by early intervention that focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents, and preserving families.