At Gray Ritter Graham, we take pride in our community involvement
Some of these activities include:
- Gray Ritter Graham Symposium. For many years, Gray Ritter Graham has sponsored an Advocacy Symposium that draws hundreds of applicants in their early year of civil practice. This is done at no cost to attendees, and an emphasis is placed on civility, ethics, and camaraderie among judges and opposing attorneys alike.
A perception throughout the profession, and among the public, is that trial work has become too lengthy, expensive, and even "cut-throat.” What the GRG Symposium attempts to do is steer new lawyers in a better direction, one based on respect, understanding, and cooperation.
The annual Symposium is the brainchild of Maurice Graham, longtime member of the firm and one of the most respected attorneys in the State of Missouri.
- Support of Legal Services. Gray Ritter Graham has supported Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for decades, both financially and professionally. This organization advances justice through legal representation, education, and supportive services. It has provided free legal help for over 1 million clients since its founding.
- GRG has led efforts to raise funds for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and strongly believes in the mission of the organization, to provide access to justice for people in our community who might not otherwise be able to afford an attorney.
"We at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri have the highest regard for the Gray Ritter Graham law firm. GRG is a valued partner of ours in our shared commitment to the importance of access to justice for all."Daniel Glazier, Executive Director & General Counsel Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.
- Motion for Kids. Each year, Gray Ritter Graham participates in “Motion for Kids,” a charitable event put on by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (“BAMSL”). This is a holiday party for up to 2,500 St. Louis area children in the foster care system, or those whose lives have been severely impacted by the criminal justice system. Gifts are distributed during the party, and the children and their families are invited.
- Charitable Foundations. Attorneys and staff members of GRG support several foundations whose work helps those in need. One example is the Foundation established by the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”). Several GRG attorneys are members of ABOTA. The mission of the Foundation is to “promote and improve the American civil justice system and to preserve the Seventh Amendment right to civil jury trials for future generations.”
The Foundation promotes the public’s appreciation and respect for the civil justice system and its role in upholding societal values in a democracy. This is done by promoting the teaching of civics in classrooms, as well as regularly educating the educators on the history of the Constitution and in particular the constitutional right to trial by jury.