Throughout the years, our work has helped raise millions of dollars for hundreds of charities in our 18 offices across the United States. Our leadership positions with many of these charities help oversee the funding of everything from holiday gifts for needy children to disaster aid during tragic events like Hurricane Katrina.
Please see Community Involvement city links for more specific information on the organizations with which we partner and serve.
Locke Lord is committed to helping children. We believe that our nation's youth, regardless of their ethnic background or socioeconomic status, need to be equipped with the educational tools necessary to succeed. From homework tutoring to providing the disadvantaged with some of their most basic needs, we pursue ways to make a difference in the lives of children.
Austin Partners in Education works to create and foster effective community-school partnerships in the Austin Independent School District that support and enrich student learning and success. Through Partners in Education, our Austin office began a unique partnership in 2004 with the District's Sanchez Elementary School. Locke Lord assists teachers in providing an atmosphere conducive to learning and promoting self esteem. We have planned and executed holiday events each year, including fulfilling wish lists, providing snacks, offering time with bilingual Santa and Mrs. Claus, and supplying educational tools such as magazines, multiplication flash cards and books.
Our Chicago office recently began hosting diverse middle school students, many who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, live in underserved sections of the city, and are interested in learning more about the legal profession. This is part of a Middle School Law Camp sponsored by Just The Beginning Foundation, a nonprofit organization of judges, lawyers and citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds aimed at preserving stories of judges and lawyers of color. As part of the Law Camp, these students visit the Firm, where they are given an understanding of what a law firm is like, and are provided with the opportunity to meet some of our lawyers. A handful of our lawyers serve as panelists, and talk about their backgrounds, paths to the legal profession and their practice.
We actively support Cristo Rey Jesuit High School through its work study program called the Corporate Internship Program (CIP). Cristo Rey offers a college preparatory education for the families of Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, an economically challenged section of the city. The goal of CIP is to make private education affordable to at-risk young people, provide them with hands-on experience in the working world and prepare them to assume leadership roles in our community. Each year, four students work in various departments throughout Locke Lord, including Marketing, Information Technology, Facilities and Human Resources.
The Firm also supports the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which provides entrepreneurship programs to young people from low-income communities, through donations and event sponsorships.
In Dallas, our lawyers and staff are involved in the tutoring of students attending Esperanza "Hope" Medrano Elementary School, a diverse, multicultural community school committed to provide all students with a sound education. Through our partnership with the school, our lawyers and staff mentor elementary students on a weekly basis, host school supply drives in the Fall, volunteer at the Spring Carnival and host an annual Christmas party for the students in our office.
Through board memberships and annual contributions, the Firm supports The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, an organization whose mission is to inspire youth, especially the disadvantaged, to achieve their full potential in a positive, safe and fun environment. A long-standing Partner at the Firm serves on the Board, and the Firm contributes annually to several causes that benefit the Club.
Each year, the Firm adopts the first grade classes for Hilliard Elementary School, a public school in northeast Houston. The children are given a wish list to fill out, including clothing, books and toys. Every December, the entire office organizes and hosts a holiday party for all of the children. Staff and lawyers participate by supplying food, toys, gift wrapping and decorations. Four lawyers dress up as Santa Claus, distribute gifts to the children and pose for pictures. The Firm also has a group called the Merry Makers who entertain the children by reading stories, singing songs and creating animal balloons. A member of the staff recite, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and everyone joins in on singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
The Firm supports and donates to a Goodfellows Drive each year. Goodfellows helps Houston children have a better holiday by giving new toys to families who otherwise would not have them. In addition, our lawyers and staff are involved with Junior Achievement, a hands-on classroom experience for students in Kindergarten through the 12th Grade, by sharing their experiences and their paths to success to help prepare them for the future. The Firm also assists Aspiring Youth®, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports and operates programs for at-risk youth.
Locke Lord participates in Verbum Dei High School's Corporate Work Study Program. Two Verbum Dei students come to our office to work once a week and one other day per month. Their responsibilities consist of working in the Copy Center, filing and other general clerical duties. In return, we pay a portion of their tuition. All students at Verbum Dei, which is an inner-city all boys Catholic school, have their tuitions supplemented through the Work Study Program. The Firm's work with students at Verbum Dei was noted in an August 2, 2013 front-page story in the Los Angeles Times.
In New York, our lawyers and staff donate holiday gifts to first, second and third graders at Ps131 School, which serves students in Pre-K through 5th Grade, and is located in an economically-deprived section of Brooklyn. We receive the students' letters to Santa Claus, and purchase some of the gifts on those lists. Two of our lawyers then dress as elves and deliver the gifts to the school.
Our Washington, D.C., office contributes to a holiday stocking drive that is manned by the building's concierge and sponsored by the Salvation Army. Our lawyers and staff fill up an oversized stocking with gifts, which go to underprivileged children. The Firm also donates to a school supply drive, which benefits needy students at Hendley Elementary School. Some of the supplies we contribute include writing utensils, folders, notebook paper and composition books.