Commitment to Community

Involvement in the community is highly regarded at CWM as evidenced by the breadth of community positions held by its professionals.  Universities, school  boards, juvenile court programs, museums, libraries and a variety of non-profit agencies have all benefited from the volunteer commitments of firm partners and associates.  The firm strongly believes in its duty to support and enrich life for all citizens of its community.

Giving Back
2019 Legal Food Frenzy
Raises 7,358 Meals
The firm is proud of its attorneys and staff for their efforts during the two-week challenge in support of the 2019 Legal Food Frenzy. The friendly competition resulted in raising funds to purchase 7,358 meals for those in need throughout the Hampton Roads Region.

2018 Legal Food Frenzy
CWM Receives 1st Place Award for 2018
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to have been recognized for its participation in this year's Legal Food Frenzy. The efforts of our attorneys and staff raised 492 pounds of food per person earning us first place for medium size firms in the 26th Annual NPBA Local “Legal Food Frenzy" competition. This year 145 law firms, legal departments, government offices, and law schools across Virginia raised almost 1.5 million pounds of food for Virginia's hungry during the annual statewide Legal Food Frenzy.
2017 Legal Food Frenzy
Friendly competition supports local foodbank
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, a few of the firm’s attorneys loaded up their cars with the food donated by the attorneys and staff as part of the 2017 Legal Food Frenzy. The firm divided up into three teams which created a fun, competitive environment in which to raise food and monetary donations to benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Legal Community Fights Hunger
CWM Receives Award for 2016 Competition
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the attorneys and staff of CWM joined together as Debbie Hansley, with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern shore, presented the firm with an award for placing third among medium size law firms in Hampton Roads for having raised 13,813 pounds of food during the 2016 Legal Food frenzy. The 2016 event marked the 25th anniversary of the local fundraiser which was established by the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association to provide an opportunity for the legal community to give back to those in need. In 2006 the Legal Food Frenzy expanded to a statewide effort to fight hunger and has raised more than 14.2 million pounds of food and groceries benefiting foodbanks throughout Virginia.
2016 Legal Food Frenzy
CWM Exceeds Fundraising Goal
During the month of April, the attorneys and staff of CWM participated in the 25th Annual Legal Food Frenzy benefiting the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. The Legal Food Frenzy brings the local legal community together to provide the Foodbank with much-needed food and funds to serve children, families and seniors in our area who struggle with hunger. We exceeded our goal for 2016 by raising 13,813.75 pounds of food.
Holiday Toy Drive
2015 Holiday Toy Drive for Local Community Center.
Each year during the holiday season, the attorneys and staff gather together to decorate our tree. Part of our annual tradition is buying toys for local children in need. This year we selected the Berkley Community Center in Norfolk. We hope the toys will bring a smile to these very special children this holiday season.
Feeding the Hungry
2015 Legal Food Frenzy
The attorneys and staff of CWM participated in the 24th Annual Legal Food Frenzy benefiting the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. We are proud to announce that we placed third in the mid-size firm category having raised 477 pounds of food per employee, or 12,402 total pounds.
16 Bags of Clothes
Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association's Harvest for the Homeless.
The attorneys and staff participated in this year's Harvest for the Homeless by donating over sixteen bags of clothes which will be delivered to the Samaritan House.
139 Winter Coats
2014 Winter Coat Drive.
Ryan Snow, the firm's managing partner, spearheaded the 2014 Winter Coat Drive for the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court. A total of 139 coats were donated with an entire box by the firm's attorneys and staff. The coats were delivered to United Way and ForKids.
ForKids Toy Drive
2014 ForKids Holiday Toy Drive.
Each year the attorneys and staff at CWM select a holiday project that allows us give back to those in need during the holiday season. This year toys were donated to ForKids Holiday Toy Drive.
13,000 Pounds of Food
2014 Legal Food Frenzy.
The attorneys and staff of CWM participated in the 23rd Annual Legal Food Frenzy benefiting the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. This year the firm raised over 13,000 pounds of food and was awarded 2nd Place for medium size firms for having raised 513 pounds per employee.
Community News
August 3, 2021
Developing an Ecosystem of Unmanned and Aerial Systems
            Virginia needs innovators and entrepreneurs to develop unmanned system capabilities (UxSs) to meet Virginia’s complex public safety needs.  That was the message delivered on July 28, 2021, when the…... Read More
March 25, 2021
Darius Davenport Discusses Avoiding Mistakes in Small Business | Monday, March 29th
CWM partner Darius Davenport joins the Black BRAND, Hampton Roads Black Chamber's Coffee Connect to discuss avoiding business mistakes for small businesses. Register here to tune in on Monday, March…... Read More
January 4, 2021
Darius Davenport Elected to Serve as 2021 Norfolk Division Board Chair, Hampton Roads Chamber
Norfolk, VA – Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that partner Darius Davenport was elected as the 2021 Norfolk Division Board Chair for the Hampton Roads Chamber. The…... Read More
December 29, 2020
Darius Davenport Appointed to Serve on the Norfolk Innovation Corridor Board of Directors
Norfolk, VA – Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that partner Darius Davenport was appointed to the Norfolk Innovation Corridor board of directors. The 33-member board of directors…... Read More
December 3, 2020
24th Annual Mayflower Marathon
The 24th Annual Mayflower Marathon took place November 20th-22nd.  The CWM family was excited to continue their tradition of volunteering for this annual event in support of our local community!  Darius Davenport, Shirley…... Read More
November 22, 2019
Mayflower Marathon
Darius Davenport joined CWM's Administrator, Shirley Beacham, as well as other local law firm administrators at this year's Mayflower Marathon. Darius Davenport and Shirley Beacham were on hand this morning to…... Read More
September 5, 2019
CWM Sponsors 2019 Growl Fest
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to sponsor this year’s Growl Fest. The event at the Virginia Zoo on September 14th offers a fun-filled evening featuring children’s activities, special…... Read More
August 7, 2019
Steve Stancliff Concludes Tenure as President of TAO
Steve Stancliff, the firm’s admiralty and maritime practice team leader, concluded his three-year tenure as president of the board of directors for Tidewater Arts Outreach (“TAO”) on July 1, 2019,…... Read More
July 9, 2019
Southside Boys & Girls Club holds 9th Annual Flounder Fishing Tourney
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to join the list of sponsors for this year's Southside Boys & Girls Club Flounder Fishing Tourney.  The tournament, which is in its 9th…... Read More
February 5, 2018
Schultz Inducted as a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to announce that Donald C. Schultz has been inducted as a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Virginia…... Read More
December 7, 2017
CWM Donates to ForKids
Every year during the holiday season, the attorneys and staff get together to support a local charity. This year we gathered for our annual tree trimming and collected gifts for…... Read More
December 7, 2017
Ryan Snow Is the New Chairman of the Board of Norfolk Botanical Garden
  CWM's Managing Partner Ryan Snow has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Norfolk Botanical Garden is a nationally accredited garden with over 11,000…... Read More
May 23, 2017
How did a trip to Germany create a legacy of giving?
Shared from Hampton Roads Community Foundation - Professional Advisor Spotlight: Guil Ware > Click here to read full article …... Read More
August 16, 2016
Davenport Elected to Serve as Vice-Chairman of Suffolk Wetlands Board
The firm is proud to announce that Darius Davenport and been elected to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Suffolk Wetlands Board for 2016-2017. The Suffolk Wetlands Board is a seven member…... Read More
August 8, 2016
Tidewater Arts Outreach Appoints President
The organization appointed the following officers to serve for 2016-2017:   Steven Stancliff (Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC), president; Osman Lambiro (Sentara Life Care), vice president; Jennifer Bonsiewich (Dixon Hughes Goodman…... Read More
July 26, 2016
W. Ryan Snow to Serve as Vice Chair of Norfolk Botanical Garden
Norfolk Botanical Garden announced that Ryan Snow will serve as Vice Chair of the Norfolk Botanical Garden Board of Trustees.  Ryan has served on the board since 2012 and has…... Read More
July 14, 2016
Norfolk’s Youngest Voices Soar in a Collection of Writings
For over sixty years, Crenshaw, Ware & Martin has served as general counsel to Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (the “Authority” or “NRHA”).  Our work with the Authority supports its…... Read More
May 10, 2016
Howard W. Martin, Jr. Receives Award for Distinguished Service
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that Howard W. Martin, Jr.  received the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Clarissa E. McAdoo Houser Award for Distinguished Service.  The Houser…... Read More
December 1, 2015
Tidewater Arts Outreach Adds New Board Member
CWM attorney Steven M. Stancliff has been elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors for Tidewater Arts Outreach. Steve chairs CWM's Admiralty & Maritime Law practice…... Read More
September 28, 2015
Attorneys and staff raise 12,404 pounds of food
The firm is proud to have been recognized at the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association's luncheon last week for our participation in the 2015 Legal Food Frenzy. Wiley Grandy was…... Read More
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