Morrow & Sheppard believe strongly that giving back to the community is a privilege and an obligation, particularly for those in the legal profession. Nick and John are fortunate that they are in a position to help others who cannot help themselves, and the Firm is committed to pro bono and community service. Some of the areas in which Nick and John have given their time on a pro bono basis include:
John D. Sheppard represents a Texas Army veteran on a pro bono basis to challenge his unconstitutional exclusion from the Texas Hazlewood Act, which provides educational benefits to some but not all Texas veterans. In January 2015, John won the case in the trial court, and the court ruled that the law was unconstitutional. The government has appealed the ruling, and John is handling the appeal. To read about this case as it was covered in the Houston Chronicle, click here. To read how this case and issue was addressed by CBS national news, click here.
Nick Morrow and John D. Sheppard have both been privileged to represent several indigent women and children who required legal assistance through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. They have also participated in the Veterans’ Legal Clinic in Houston.
John D. Sheppard and his wife Lucy are members of The Children’s Fund, a 40-plus year Houston charity that each year raises approximately $1 million for underfunded Houston charities focused on disadvantaged children.
Nick Morrow and his family donate time and money to many charitable organizations including CancerForward, Bo’s Buddies, and Casa de Esparanza. Nick has fielded a team in the Casa de Esparanza chili cookoff, but suffice to say, it’s a good thing Nick is a much better lawyer than he is a cook.
John D. Sheppard is a member of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center board for young professionals focused on awareness and fundraising for the children-learning initiatives of UT’s medical school in Houston.
Both Nick Morrow and John D. Sheppard and their families proudly give their time to other charities.