Smiley Law Firm May 2018

May 2018

365 Canal Street, Suite 1680, New Orleans, LA 70130


Later this month, we’ll be rolling up our sleeves once again to help out with a great charity with local roots: the Saint Bernard Project (SBP). The whole team will be donning work clothes and putting in some “buildable hours” to assist those whose homes have been struck by disaster. We relish the opportunity to get out in the community and make a difference through practical service. While we’ve been involved in many great charities, getting a chance to help out the amazing folks at SBP is a real honor. They exemplify the power of individuals to do good in the wake of tragedy. On the off chance you haven’t heard the origins of this incredible local organization, allow me to give you a condensed version of their community roots and national impact. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney were recovery volunteers working in St. Bernard Parish. Originally from Washington, D.C., the couple witnessed how incredibly slow the government-led recovery process was. But everywhere they looked, they saw a community coming together. Inspired by the resilience of the St. Bernard community, Zack and Liz began SBP with the goal of bringing communities together to “shrink time between disaster and recovery.” “Aiding our community always feels good; the fact that we get a chance to spend time with our co-workers outside the office is icing on the cake.” MAKING A DIFFERENCE OUR WORK WITH SBP Over a decade later, the New Orleans-based organization has gone national. With the help of volunteers, SBP has helped rebuild communities from Los Angeles to Staten Island. Carrying forward the lessons from the Katrina recovery, their efforts put an emphasis on helping low-income families with children and disabled persons get

back to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. We are proud that our firm gets to lend a hand in such important work.

We began volunteering with SBP last October, after tornadoes touched down in New Orleans East. We closed up shop, put on our safety gloves, and headed out to an affected home. The folks at SBP were patient enough to train us on-site, and before we knew it, we were replacing siding (almost) like pros. We’re excited for the opportunity to go out and get our hands dirty again this month. We don’t know exactly what form of construction we’ll be doing, but it’s sure to be a great team-building experience. Aiding our community always feels good; the fact that we get a chance to spend time with our co-workers outside the office is icing on the cake. Part of being a community law firm means serving the people of New Orleans inside and outside the courtroom. We are proud to give back to such a beautiful town that has been so good to us over the years. We’re lucky to be involved with an organization that is committed to carrying forward the strength and resilience of St. Bernard Parish and the greater New Orleans community.

–Seth Smiley

P.S. You can support SBP from home. Visit and click “donate” to make a secure, instant contribution to this amazing organization.

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