Smokeball Raises $8,000 for CASA during Season of Giving

//Smokeball Raises $8,000 for CASA during Season of Giving

Smokeball achieved their fundraising goal and donated $8,000 to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children during the Season of Giving promotion. For each Smokeball demonstration completed by one of Smokeball’s software specialists during the Season of Giving, Smokeball pledged to donate to CASA. With the support of Smokeball team members, Smokeball users, and community members, Smokeball hit their goal of raising $8,000 for CASA.

Support Team’s Caitlin Bixby is proud of Smokeball’s strong community partnerships: “I take comfort knowing that I work for a company that supports a cause that gives a voice to those who are so often silenced. Smokeball values its community inside and out, and it shows.”

Smokeball’s mission statement is to help small firms run successful businesses so that they can better serve our communities. With that mission in mind, Smokeball values community relationship-building, which lead to Smokeball’s relationship with CASA of Cook County. Smokeball is proud to partner with CASA because CASA has a direct impact on children in the court and foster systems.

Ian Sperry, an Account Manager with Smokeball, participated in Smokeball’s Season of Giving: “Matching demonstrations with donations was an incredible opportunity for Smokeball to both help small law firms better serve their communities and serve our community as well.”

CASA’s mission is “to advance and safeguard the best interest of the children who have experienced abuse or neglect, involved in the court system, by utilizing trained volunteers who advocate for them in court, school and in their community.” By partnering with CASA of Cook County, Smokeball is able to make a direct impact in their Chicago community by enabling CASA to train more advocates for children.

By |December 5th, 2018|

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For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.