Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews, PLC has a proud record of involvement in, and service to, the community. As a result, BHAMM lawyers not only “give back” but also are plugged in as active local leaders. Below are a few examples:
Ken Jones has served on the board of the Metropolitan Interfaith Association (“MIFA”) for four years, presently serving as corporate secretary. MIFA was established as a direct result of the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike, which in turn was linked to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s final civil rights march and campaign. MIFA is probably the highest profile, most widely-supported social service agency in the Mid-South, providing Meals-on-Wheels, companions for seniors, emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and other necessities, a homeless hotline, and other important services. Ken also regularly participates in the legal clinic sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services at the Benjamin J. Hooks Central Library, which serves the public at no charge, regardless of income. Ken recently finished his term as president of the Kiwanis Club of Memphis, which celebrated its centennial last year.
John Heflin and Lance Minor have been active members and leaders of the Downtown Memphis Rotary Club for decades, and beginning more recently Jennifer Sneed has been similarly involved with the Midtown Memphis Rotary Club. Both of those local affiliates of Rotary International have an outstanding record of achievement, with programs such as Rotary Readers for pre-K students; Stop Hunger NOW; a clean water initiative in developing countries; assisting the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality (the only local homeless shelter that allows family members to be housed together); the Gift of Life, which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center; and a project to assist the Vollintine-Evergreen Historic District and its green line.
Both John Heflin, former president of the Memphis Bar Association, and his son Jack Heflin have led highly successful efforts to raise funds for the Campaign for Equal Justice of Memphis Area Legal Services, which is the primary provider of civil legal services for low-income, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised families in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale, and Tipton Counties. John was chair of giving for large law firms, and Jack recently served in a similar capacity targeted at young lawyers in large law firms.
Don Bourland previously served as legal counsel for the Mid-South Fair and the Memphis Food Bank. He has also helped lead the Truth Seekers Fellowship and the Memphis Emmaus Community and soon will celebrate his 40th year of teaching adult Sunday school at Christ United Methodist Church.
Paul Matthews presently serves on a variety of local boards, including the Shelby County Conservation Board, a governmental agency that owns and administers county parks in Shelby County and a vast swath of wetlands and other conservation-type properties; Mid-South Public Broadcasting Foundation, better known as WKNO-TV and WKNO-FM, affiliates of the Public Broadcasting System (“PBS”) and National Public Radio (“NPR”) and sponsor of “Teacher, Teacher,” a multi-faceted local initiative serving children and youth; the West Tennessee Historical Society, the oldest and largest historical group in this grand division of the state; and the Rural Heritage Trust of Southwest Tennessee (see the article on that organization in the News section of this website). Paul is also “Ouro,” or king, of Memphi, a krewe of Carnival Memphis, which last year raised over $300,000 for local children’s charities. His community service stretches back to the early days of the Memphis in May International Festival.