The 2009 Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP - Marshall Christmas card will start going out today. Following up on Carol Pace's watercolor of the historic Harrison County Courthouse last year (shown in the background), we are happy to have a new original watercolor of the courthouse by Carol for this year's card as well. This time it is of the interior of the dome of the 1901 courthouse, complete with pink and cream walls, terra cotta and gold brackets, dark green ironwork, and that's before you even get to the colors in the stained glass, or the cobalt blue frieze in the courtroom. The 14-year renovation of the courthouse was completed this year, and the interior colors have been a spectacular addition to the building after decades of institutional green walls. As good as the cards look, we're proud to have the original hanging in our reception area - stop by if you're in the neighborhood and take a look. (Watercolor aficionados might prefer the more muted colors in the original - the cards are distinctly more colorful. So no, the rotunda does not actually look quite so much like a Paris brothel).
Thanks to the many firms that set the example for us last year by donating to worthy causes instead of sending gifts, our firm has also decided that in lieu of gifts this season we will contribute to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Harrison County in honor of our clients. CASA is a local non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children in the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS). In a court system challenged by increasing caseloads, we believe that a CASA volunteer can make a great difference in the life of a child, and are pleased to have this opportunity to help them out. To learn more about CASA, please visit http://www.casaofharrisoncounty.org or call 903-923-9224.