Throughout the holiday season, Christian & Small will feature a special blog series here on Nonstop Insights called “Advocates in Our Community” that will be focused on how our attorneys and staff members actively contribute to the good of the Birmingham community outside of the office. This article has been cross-posted to the firm’s 2014 Holiday Giving Campaign website, www.nonstopadvocates.com.
What do the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Greater Birmingham Humane Society have in common? They are two organizations where Christian & Small Associate Jordan Wood spends time in our community.
Jordan’s involvement in the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program is perfectly suited to him as a young lawyer, and he’s enjoyed volunteering for more than five years. The non-profit organization provides legal services pro bono to those in need. Jordan has worked on cases involving domestic issues, divorce, custody, and adoption.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community while getting more experience in the courtroom, which helps me perform better in my job at Christian & Small,” Jordan said. This is something that benefits the firm, and we applaud the fact that Jordan uses the Volunteer Lawyers Program to help improve his practice.
When Jordan isn’t in the office, he loves spending time with animals. In recent years, Jordan has spent many Saturday mornings cleaning out cages, feeding the animals, walking the dogs and doing other tasks to help get the Greater Birmingham Humane Society ready to attract new pet parents during busy weekends.
“If I hadn’t been a lawyer, I probably would have been a veterinarian. I come from a family of huge dog lovers and my father-in-law and sister-in-law are both veterinarians, so we’ve always tried to be active with animals,” Jordan said. “Being a lawyer means I’m inside an office a lot, so it’s nice to get out and be able to do something in a totally different environment.”
At Christian & Small, it is gratifying to see members of our firm giving back in ways that suit their talents, passions and experience. In his work with the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Jordan demonstrates this perfectly as an advocate for our community.