Whether it be the service of our lawyers and personnel on local boards such as the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Champions for Kids, Morgan Nick Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Fayetteville Community Foundation, the Walton Arts Center Corporate Leadership Council, the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation, the MANA Foundation, LifeSource, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and the Northwest Arkansas Estate Planning Council, among others, our service on state-wide boards and committees, such as chairing the Arkansas Venture Capital Forum, co-chairing Arkansas’s Federal Tax Institute, serving as President of the Tax Section of the Arkansas Bar Association and serving on the Board of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, or serving as adjunct professors at the University of Arkansas School of Law, each year our people devote a significant amount of time and financial resources to the betterment of the region and state and to advance the arts and sciences and to help those who help the less fortunate.
Since its creation in 2012, Smith Hurst has been the lead sponsor of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, a challenge competition among regional high school 11th and 12th grade students with an interest in entrepreneurship to create a viable business concept. In addition to making a meaningful financial contribution to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce to sponsor this event, we provide free legal services in forming and organizing the winning student’s business entity.
We are also pleased to serve as the general legal counsel for the University of Arkansas’s graduate entrepreneurial business program where we counsel and assist in the start up aspects of new and emerging student based companies for participation in governor’s cups and competitions. Our lawyers are also active mentors in The ARK which is a full member of the Global Accelerator Network business accelerator program for technology startups serving the retail, transportation, logistics and food processing industries.
Our firm also serves and supports on a pro bono basis as the general counsel of the Dickson Street Merchants Association, a nonprofit corporation comprised of the businesses located on and around Dickson Street, the heart of the entertainment district in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
We strongly believe that pro bono work makes our lawyers better citizens and better lawyers. It sharpens their legal expertise, and makes them more well-rounded, mature, sophisticated individuals.
From a financial perspective, in addition to the funds given by Smith Hurst on its own behalf, we are proud to participate in matching charitable contributions of our attorneys and personnel pursuant to our charitable gift matching policy.