Christian & Small Receives Sponsor’s Trophy from Smith Scholarship Foundation

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Christian & Small, which is located in Birmingham, AL, was awarded the Smith Scholarship Sponsor’s Trophy.

Christian & Small, a long-time supporter of the Smith Scholarship Foundation, was awarded the Smith Scholarship Sponsor’s Trophy. Eric Breithaupt ( ) and Robert Harris ( accepted the award on behalf of Christian & Small at the awards ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Birmingham’s Old Car Heaven.

The Sponsor’s Trophy is awarded to volunteers who provide unique or outstanding support to the Foundation or its scholars. The Sponsor’s Trophy was awarded to Christian & Small, who provided $40,000 to the Foundation budget to enable the Book Awards.

This year the Smith Scholarship Foundation awarded nine book scholarships in addition to 12 full scholarships. Presiding Federal District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn beseeched the Foundation to permit additional Book Awards to provide books and mentoring to these additional students with the hope that economic conditions will improve enabling these students to qualify for additional Foundation funding in the future.

The Book Awards consists of up to $1,000 per year for four years for books, upon certification of C+ average, Freshman Bootcamp Seminar to assist in the transition into college, a Dorm Pack, Fall Professional Seminar, and professional attire.

Eric Breithaupt, Partner with Christian & Small, remarked, “Christian & Small is honored to receive the Sponsorship Trophy and is humbled by the work of the Foundation and these remarkable students. These are outstanding young adults. With the additional financial and moral support provided by the Foundation, these students will bloom into exceptional young adults who will reach out and enhance the lives of others.”

Christian & Small ( ) was established in 2000 by Thomas W. Christian and Clarence M. Small, partners with Rives & Peterson, Christian & Small’s predecessor firm. Representing a diverse clientele throughout Alabama, the Southeast and the nation, Christian & Small has clients ranging from individuals and closely held businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Christian & Small is focused on the areas of business, litigation and tax.

Christian & Small ( is also a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus). Primerus is the leading alliance of small and medium sized, top-rated, independent firms. With over 150 law firms located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the U.K., Primerus firms ( provide clients with responsive, high quality, partner-level service for much less than what large law firms charge. All Primerus law firms are: AV- rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service; screened for excellence; and audited annually for continued quality.


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