Community

Victory Over Violence Difference Maker – Parents of Murdered Children

by Richard Atkinson | June 16th, 2017

Losing a child is never easy and grief can manifest itself in many ways. Parents of Murdered Children was formed to help parents put in impossible situations through the murder of their child. Parents of Murdered Children acts as a support group and provides help and resources to families struggling with loss. Those involved with the group can join therapy sessions and learn about the judicial process. In the never ending battle for Victory Over Violence it’s important to remember the victims of violence and these parents are hurting victims. The work Parents of Murdered Children does with these grieving victims makes them Victory Over Violence Difference Makers.

The Difference Maker award is in conjunction with the Victory Over Violence campaign launched by KARK Channel 4 and Fox 16. Once a month, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton presents a $1,000 donation to an organization fighting violence in the community and has established themselves as a true Difference Maker. The partnership goal is to create a safer Central Arkansas by uniting community groups promoting change through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring, and hunger.

Monthly Charity Winner – Food For Good

by Richard Atkinson | June 15th, 2017

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This month’s vending machine charity winner is Food for Good, which is a project of the Arkansas Dream Center. The Arkansas Dream Center contacts those in need all over Arkansas.  In the summer Food For Good becomes a major project as they serve meals at 66 sites in central Arkansas. The meals are free to any child under 18 and serve as a way for them to eat fresh, nutritious, free meals when they are not in school and may be without food.

Our monthly charity giving is one of our favorite things to do. Each month employees nominate and vote on a charity in the community they would like to help. Throughout the month, employees “donate” by buying snacks and drinks that the firm subsidizes. All the proceeds from the snacks are then matched by the firm. We are honored to have such great employees who not only pick out wonderful organizations, but also help by donating all month long.

Spirit of Arkansas Winner – Hope Rises

by Richard Atkinson | June 14th, 2017

Hope Rises serves as a reentry facility for women who have been incarcerated. After a needs assessment in 2013, Kim Roxburgh and Hope Rises realized there is a growing number of women being incarcerated, but not much to help them upon release. The gender specific program helps those women with reentry options. Hope Rises is a 6-month residential program that has daily programing and requires residents to work. One of the bigger successes from Hope Rises has been the Dandy Line Kitchen started by former resident Lindsey Gant. The kitchen is staffed by current Hope Rises residents and is a fresh, healthy, and affordable meal delivery service. The assistance that Hope Rises gives to Arkansas women released from incarceration makes them a natural fit for this month’s Spirit of Arkansas award.

Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is partnered with KATV Channel 7 to present the “Spirit of Arkansas Award.” The award is given to local charities doing exceptional work in the community. To be considered for the Spirit of Arkansas Award, a charity can apply here.

New Of Counsel Attorney – Milton DeJesus

by Richard Atkinson | June 9th, 2017

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We would like to welcome Milton DeJesus who has joined our firm as an Of Counsel attorney.

DeJesus was born in Puerto Rico and migrated to Minnesota at age 7 with his parents. He grew up in Minneapolis and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era. His undergraduate studies were done at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and law school at the University of Minnesota School of Law and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA.

After private practice with a small firm in St. Paul he accepted employment with a law firm in Little Rock and made Arkansas his home. DeJesus concentrated his practice in the defense of immigrants, in criminal, civil and administrative law, and in international law. He is admitted to the Court of International Trade in New York and the Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the 6th and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Arkansas and Minnesota Supreme Courts and Federal District Courts in several states as well as several immigration courts. He serves as a PALE Attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock.

He married Concepcion Rodriguez while in college and now have 4 children, all born in Minnesota and raised in Arkansas, and 6 grandchildren.

New Attorney – Meredith Moore

by Richard Atkinson | June 7th, 2017

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We would like to welcome Meredith Moore who has joined our firm as an associate attorney.

A 2014 graduate of the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Moore has worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Pulaski County Prosecutors office prior to coming to Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. As a prosecutor she worked cases involving sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Moore is a native of Memphis, TN and attended Hendrix College in Conway before attending the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock.  Her work will be focused in our personal injury department.

Victory Over Violence Difference Maker – PATH

by Richard Atkinson | May 19th, 2017

Partners Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) is an organization that helps victims of human trafficking. Many people fail to realize that human trafficking is a ubiquitous issue not only overseas but here in Arkansas as well. Estimates show that between 100,000-300,000 children are trafficked in the US alone. PATH advocates in helping the victims by rescuing them, providing temporary housing, and assisting in recovery. With such a widespread issue PATH is a perfect choice for this month’s Difference Maker award.

The Difference Maker award is in conjunction with the Victory Over Violence campaign launched by KARK Channel 4 and Fox 16. Once a month, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton presents a $1,000 donation to an organization that is fighting violence in the community and has established themselves as a true Difference Maker. The partnership goal is to create a safer Central Arkansas by uniting community groups that are promoting change through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring, and hunger.

Spirit of Arkansas Winner – One Heart Playground

by Richard Atkinson | May 18th, 2017

The One Heart Playground in Burns Park is a fully inclusive playground designed for kids born with physical impairments. The project was inspired by Emma Wasson who was born with a congenital heart defect as well as Turner Syndrome. As her parents realized the need for a playground where Emma can play with other kids, they realized there was nowhere to go. They set out on a journey with the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department to raise the funds needed to build the playground. The community has rallied around the project, and construction on the project is in the progress. The playground should be ready for use soon, and donations will still be accepted for future expansion. The One Heart Playground is this month’s Spirit of Arkansas award winner for brightening the life of all the kids who will be able to play on it.

Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is partnered with KATV Channel 7 to present the “Spirit of Arkansas Award.” The award is given to local charities doing exceptional work in the community. To be considered for the Spirit of Arkansas Award, a charity can apply here.

RHS Works legal clinic with Mexican Consulate

by Richard Atkinson | May 7th, 2017
The Rainwater, Holt and Sexton team on Thursday

The Rainwater, Holt and Sexton team on Thursday

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton we pride ourselves on serving all of Arkansas. Yes, we mean geographically, and we have shown our commitment with offices in four locations in the state. That also means serving everyone who lives in Arkansas. Our firm spent the last few days working with the Mexican Consulate’s mobile consulate in Northwest Arkansas. The mobile consulate travels the state helping Mexicans in Arkansas with a variety needs. One need highly expressed was legal help, especially with Power of Attorney.  On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday our firm had 5 lawyers and 7 staff onsite to help answer legal questions and assist in creating Powers of Attorney for families. We also called on many other lawyers that are friends of the firm, of which many specialize in immigration and family law.

It’s an honor to work with the Mexican Consulate, which is the Mexican government’s representation in Arkansas. We don’t take the responsibility lightly and we are grateful for the trust they put in us. Through the work with the Mexican Consulate we have been able to build great relationships with consulate officers and build relationships with people we can help.  We also had an opportunity to speak with Univision reporter Karen Perez.

 

Victory Over Violence Difference Maker – Our Kids Program

by Richard Atkinson | April 24th, 2017

The Our Kids Program is dedicated to making a difference in the community by mentoring young men in middle through high school. The program uses African American police officers and other role models in the community to reach out, work with, and provide positive influences in the lives young African American men. Sgt. Willie Davis is the program coordinator and he and other volunteers try to be involved in every facet of their life. Not only do they provide something to do on Saturdays, but they also visit them at school and home in an effort to get to know and reach out to the kids. The work that Sgt. Davis and the rest of the men at the Our Kids Program are doing is why they are Difference Makers in the fight for Victory Over Violence.

The Difference Maker award is done in conjunction with the Victory Over Violence campaign launched by KARK Channel 4 and Fox 16. Once a month, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton will present a $1,000 donation to an organization that is fighting violence in the community and has established themselves as a true Difference Maker. The partnership goal is to create a safer Central Arkansas by uniting community groups that are promoting change through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring, and hunger.

Monthly Charity Winner – The Other Side Ministries

by Richard Atkinson | April 18th, 2017

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The Other Side Ministries won this month’s vending machine charity. The Other Side works with people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and helps them overcome those addictions using biblical principles. The program is a six month in-house residence program that incorporates community service and biblical teaching. The goal of the program is not just improving the life of those dealing with substance abuse, it’s also a way to improve families and communities that have been effected by addiction.

Our monthly charity giving is one of our favorite things to do. Each month employees nominate and vote on a charity in the community they would like to help. Throughout the month employees “donate” by buying snacks and drinks that the firm subsidizes. All the proceeds from the snacks are then matched by the firm. We are honored to have such great employees that not only pick out wonderful organizations, but also help by donating all month long.

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