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September 17, 2010 – Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell attorneys and staff from offices across the country this week donated nearly $30,000 to help with Pakistan flood relief. About 150 individual contributors gave money to 18 charities that directly help the people and organizations that need food, water, shelter and other necessities following this summer’s devastating floods.
“Pakistan will take years to recover from these floods, the worst in the country’s history,” said LLB&L Partner Mark Siegel of the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office. “The economic impact — both in the short and long runs — is incalculable, and we hope this contribution helps inspire other private businesses nationwide to help.”
An estimated 54 million people are affected by the flooding, which killed thousands and caused more than $15 billion in infrastructure damage, said Siegel, one of the country’s premier advisers and co-author of Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, which he wrote with former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto before her death.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, in a personal letter to Siegel, thanked him and the Firm for the donations. “On behalf of the people of Pakistan, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to your colleagues at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell for their extraordinary outpouring of generosity to help us cope with the flood crisis. I want you to know how much this means to me personally and to the people of my country,” Zardari wrote.
Charities that received Locke Lord’s donations are: Action Aid; American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; American Red Cross; CARE; Catholic Relief Services; Central Asia Institute; Church World Service; Doctors Without Borders; Episcopal Relief Development; International Rescue Committee; Islamic Relief; Mercy Corps; Oxfam America; Presbyterian Church; Save the Children; UN Refugee Agency; Unicef; and World Vision.
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