HunterMaclean believes in supporting tomorrow’s business leaders today, which is one of the many reasons that the firm’s attorneys give back to the community through Junior Achievement (JA), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the business world to students through an innovative hands-on curriculum.
In addition to leading classroom activities in local schools, HunterMaclean attorneys participate in Junior Achievement’s Job Shadow Program, which enables students to visit the firm’s Savannah office and learn about the day-to-day job responsibilities of a lawyer. The firm also supports Career Day by sending attorneys to area schools to speak about their jobs and to encourage students to consider careers in law or law enforcement.
Shawn Kachmar, a firm partner and employment and business litigation attorney who currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, believes in the organization’s mission and in HunterMaclean’s commitment to cultivating tomorrow’s business leaders.
Junior Achievement is focused on education which is the foundation for the future of our community,” he said. “Education is an economic development and quality of life issue. Companies looking to establish operations in the region want to know that the local education system is producing a talented workforce, and the students coming out of our schools are the people we’ll be hiring in the next 10, 15 or 20 years. A well-educated, business literate workforce forms the foundation for a thriving community.”
In addition to hands-on involvement with students, the firm is a sponsor for Junior Achievement fundraising events, including the golf tournament and the annual gala celebrating the business community. Two HunterMaclean attorneys, Malcolm Maclean and Brooks Stillwell (now attorney for the City of Savannah), have been named to the prestigious JA Business Hall of Fame.
Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success. The volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster civic awareness, work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement impacted more than 4.2 million U.S. students in more than 183,000 classrooms in the 2011-2012 school year. With the help of more than 187,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.
The coastal region of Georgia is served by Junior Achievement of Savannah, with programs in Chatham, Bulloch, Effingham, Bryan, Liberty, Glynn and Coffee Counties. In the 2012-13 academic year, more than 13,000 students were served by JA programs. Volunteers from local businesses and civic organizations contributed their time, talents, and expertise to work with students to prepare them for success in a global economy.