Rosen Harwood proactively seeks opportunities where we can apply our skills and experience to help grow our community. Beyond the office, we volunteer, educate, and create impact in ways that maximize the opportunity and potential of our community. With the same zeal we serve our clients, we commit to making the areas we live and work a better place. Within the legal community, we prioritize work with the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, Wills for Heroes, and Veterans’ Clinics at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. Through our volunteerism—and experience as past and present Presidents and Board members of numerous community organizations—we feel that we can make a powerful difference through our leadership capabilities and social responsibility.
Partnering with a local bank and accounting firm in 2009 to build a four-story office complex on the Black Warrior River, Rosen Harwood is pleased to be a contributor to the community’s riverfront development. The City of Tuscaloosa welcomed the development, as it promoted the City’s goal of maximizing the river’s potential as a public and private place. The environmentally-friendly building is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified project in West Alabama.
Wills for Heroes, a Project of the Alabama State Bar
Rosen Harwood attorneys also participate in Wills for Heroes, a Project of the Alabama State Bar. Every day, firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel devote their lives to serving their communities. Wills for Heroes was created to provide the legal community a way to show its appreciation of the efforts and sacrifices of these brave men and women. The Wills for Heroes project offers first responders free basic estate planning services.
To learn more about the Wills for Heroes Project, please visit www.alabar.org.
Volunteer Lawyers Program of the Alabama State Bar
The attorneys at Rosen Harwood are participants in the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) of the Alabama State Bar. The purpose of the VLP is to provide free legal services to low-income Alabamians in civil matters, in a wide range of areas including consumer, domestic, housing, and probate. Each attorney commits to accept two pro bono cases per year from the Volunteer Lawyers Program.
To learn more about the Volunteer Lawyers Program, please visit www.alabar.org/members/vlp
Community Service Programs of West Alabama - Head Start Program
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves the needs of over 900 children and their families in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar and Tuscaloosa counties.
Each year at Christmas, Rosen Harwood collects donations from its employees, encouraging attorneys and staff to donate to this worthy cause in lieu of exchanging gifts with co-workers. The firm then matches the contributions of all its employees, and uses the total donation to host a Christmas party for the children and families of the Tuscaloosa Head Start Program. Dinner is provided, and the children enjoy games with prizes, face painting, crafts, a bouncy house, and pictures with Santa. The children also perform a Christmas program, and every child receives gifts from Santa.
To learn more about the Head Start program, please visit www.cspwal.com/head-start.aspx
Santa’s Elves of Tuscaloosa
Rosen Harwood is also a sponsor of Santa’s Elves, a non-profit organization that conducts toy drives to benefit Tuscaloosa area children aged kindergarten through fifth grade. Children from local schools are selected to receive the toys based on financial need. Volunteers organize and wrap the donated gifts, and set up a temporary store to display them. Parents of the designated children are then given the opportunity to come and select several gifts for their child. The retail environment is intended to enhance their experience of Christmas.
To learn more, please visit Santa’s Elves of Tuscaloosa on www.facebook.com/santaselvesorg/
March of Dimes- Blue Jeans for Babies
The mission of the March of Dimes is to prevent premature births, birth defects and low birth weight in babies. Each year Rosen Harwood participates in Blue Jeans for Babies Day, a fundraiser instrumental to the organization’s cause. The firm encourages employees to purchase a Blue Jeans for Babies t-shirt to wear with blue jeans on the designated day. Proceeds from the sale of t-shirts help the March of Dimes fund programs and research to identify the causes of premature birth.
To learn more about the March of Dimes Blue Jeans for Babies, please visit www.marchofdimes.com
The Exchange Club’s Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cook-Off
Each year, the firm of Rosen Harwood is represented by a team at the Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cook-off, an event of the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa. Each cook team chooses a favorite recipe to showcase and a theme for its booth design and team costumes. Members of the community come to sample the chili and place a vote for his or her favorite. Awards are given for the best chili as well as the best booth and costume. The funds raised by the Chili Cookoff are used for the Exchange Club’s work in Child Abuse Prevention, Youth Development, Community Services, and Honoring America projects.
To learn more about the Exchange Club or the Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cook-off, please visit the Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff site.
2010 Best Companies to Work for in Alabama
Not only is Rosen Harwood a strong supporter of the community, but the firm also stands out as a leader state-wide. Rosen Harwood was recently named as one of the 2010 Best Companies to Work for in Alabama The awards program was created in 2010 and is a project of Business Alabama Magazine and Best Companies Group. The program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Alabama, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. Rosen Harwood was recognized and honored at the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama awards ceremony coordinated by Business Alabama Magazine in August.
To learn more about the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama awards program, please visit www.bestcompaniesal.com.
Tracing its roots back to May 1, 1958, Law Day commemorates the significance of the rule of law in American citizenship. Our United States Code declares: “Law Day, U.S.A., is a special day of celebration by the people of the United States…in appreciation of their liberties and the reaffirmation of their loyalty to the United States and of their rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law in their relations with each other and with other countries; and for the cultivation of the respect for law that is so vital to the democratic way of life.”
Law Day has become a venerated tradition in the American legal community. Courts, firms, educational institutions, and bar associations across the nation celebrate the occasion with events and programs designed in accord with an annual theme assigned by the American Bar Association. The Alabama State Bar contributes to the Law Day celebration by sponsoring student competitions recognizing teachers and students in grades K-12.