Caring About Our Communities

    Locke Lord is committed to giving back to the communities in which its lawyers and staff live and work. ‎Part of this commitment is reflected in the Firm’s community outreach and charitable giving. ‎Worldwide, Locke Lord lawyers and staff invest their time and resources to ensure the Firm’s business ‎initiatives align with broader social and charitable efforts.‎

    Here are just a few recent examples of how some of the Locke Lord offices help their local ‎communities:‎

    The Austin office participates annually in the American Heart Association’s campaign drive by giving ‎generous personal donations and hosting Jeans Days and other fundraisers to help make a significant ‎contribution to cardiovascular research. Additionally, lawyers and staff participate in the American ‎Heart Association Heart Walk through Downtown Austin every October. ‎

    Our Austin office is also a supporter of Austin Partners in Education, which works to create and foster ‎effective community-school partnerships in the Austin Independent School District that enrich student ‎learning and success. Attorneys have also served on the boards of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, ‎Austin Area Research Organization, Real Estate Council of Austin, Junior Diabetes Research ‎Foundation, United Way, Greater Austin Crime Commission, Volunteer Legal Services, Rainbow ‎Housing Assistance Corporation, Austin Sister Cities International, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center ‎and Austin Ed Fund. ‎

    Boston lawyers and staff periodically volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank, helping to sort, pack ‎and label food for families in need across Eastern Massachusetts. They also sponsor and send a team ‎to the Walk for Hunger, a 20-mile walk raising money for Project Bread, an organization dedicated to ‎preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts. ‎

    Additionally, the Boston office is a proud supporter of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization ‎that works with homeless teens in Boston, providing counseling, support and housing, and promoting ‎education and job training. Bridge provides an often overlooked segment of the community with ‎important opportunities to make meaningful, positive changes in their lives. ‎

    The Boston office is involved with the Boston Bar Association and Boston Bar Foundation. Additionally, ‎Boston lawyers support Greater Boston Legal Services in various capacities. ‎

    Boston lawyers and staff have also participated in the annual Lawyers Have Heart Road Race to benefit ‎the American Heart Association. ‎

    The Chicago office hosts an annual Pay It Forward Day of Service, participating in projects with ‎community groups such as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), a group that ‎recruits, screens and trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in court and in ‎the community, the Ronald McDonald House and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. ‎

    The Chicago Diversity Committee volunteers with Just the Beginning — A Pipeline Organization ‎Summer Law Camp and has hosted students for a mock debate judged by Locke Lord lawyers. The ‎organization introduces students to the legal profession and encourages interaction with potential ‎mentors. ‎

    The Chicago office also participates in Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Corporate Internship Program ‎‎(CIP). The goal of CIP is to make private education affordable to at-risk youth, provide them with work ‎experience and prepare them for leadership roles in the community. Each year, four students work in ‎various departments throughout the Firm.‎

    Lawyers in the Cincinnati office support local organizations through board memberships, such as ‎Hospice of Cincinnati and Grove School, a school for children on the autism spectrum. ‎

    The Dallas office supports the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, a locally governed and volunteer-led ‎organization that works with community partners to deliver more than 300 education, income and ‎health programs across North Texas. Many of Locke Lord’s lawyers have volunteered on the board and ‎on committees of the United Way. Locke Lord was proud to receive the Champion of Justice Law Firm ‎Award for Large Size Category in 2017. This award is given annually to law firms with the highest ‎amount raised and percentage of participation during the Access to Justice Contribution Campaign. ‎The money raised helps to increase access to justice for low-income Texans. ‎

    The Firm also 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. Attorneys and staff also tutor students at Medrano Elementary School and participate in ‎the American Heart Association Dallas Heart Walk. ‎

    The Hartford office raises significant contributions to local charities on an ongoing basis through Friday ‎Jeans Days that encourage lawyers and staff to make a small donation to wear jeans at the end of the ‎week. Carter Cares Inc., the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, The Right Place, Alternating ‎Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation and Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters are among the organizations ‎the Firm’s Hartford office supports. Lawyers are also actively involved with the Bushnell Center for the ‎Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence and the South ‎Park Inn homeless shelter.‎

    Each holiday season, the Hartford office sponsors a special Thanksgiving luncheon to benefit ‎FoodShare, a Connecticut-based food banking operation which distributes enough food for 30,000 ‎meals every day. ‎

    Lawyers and staff from the office also participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Hartford ‎Light the Night Walk.‎

    The Hong Kong office participates in the Box of Hope charitable initiative to prepare holiday gift boxes ‎for underprivileged children. Box of Hope was founded in 2008 and originated from the simple idea of ‎two Hong Kong mothers teaching their own children the gift of giving. It has grown into an annual ‎project that delivers much-needed gift boxes to more than 27,000 disadvantaged children throughout ‎Asia.‎

    The Houston office offers bi-monthly Jeans Days, and collects contributions in support of a different ‎charity each month. Organizations the office supports include CanCare, Feed the Children, Mission of ‎Yahweh, Yellowstone Academy, The Center for Hearing & Speech, Operation Interdependence, BEAR: ‎Be a Resource for CPS Kids and The FORGE for Families. The office has also collected food, volunteered ‎and raised donations in support of the Houston Food Bank’s annual Food from the Bar event, coming ‎in second place overall in the citywide competition.‎

    Every year, the Houston office hosts first-grade students from nearby Hilliard Elementary for a holiday ‎party in which they receive backpacks filled with gifts. ‎

    Houston lawyers are also involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Easterseals, a ‎nonprofit serving disabled individuals.‎

    The London office supports Macmillan Nurses, a charity that provides specialist health and cancer ‎support. Lawyers across the office support a number of different organizations, including Rafiki Thabo ‎Foundation – a charity which provides financial support for the furtherance of education in Lesotho, ‎Uganda and Kenya, and Teens Unite Fighting Cancer. The office also supports Women in Law London, ‎an organization which champions the next generation of women leaders through networking and ‎events. They also encourage firms and companies in London to share their experiences and ‎implement policies and practices that will positively impact the retention rate of women in the legal ‎profession.  ‎

    The Firm’s Los Angeles office supports Public Counsel, the largest public interest law firm in the nation, ‎and its annual William O. Douglas Dinner. For over four decades, Public Counsel has been fighting for ‎justice for the disenfranchised. In addition, the Los Angeles office has had multiple lawyers volunteer ‎on the board of Just the Beginning — A Pipeline Organization and support its other initiatives. The ‎office has also had attorneys volunteer with the Southern California Counseling Center, both providing ‎legal services to people in need and serving on the board of the organization.‎

    Since 2004, the Los Angeles office has also participated in Verbum Dei High School’s Corporate Work ‎Study Program, in which the Firm covers a portion of a student’s tuition, and the student has the ‎opportunity to gain work experience at Locke Lord. ‎

    Through Aviva Family and Children’s Services, the Los Angeles office “adopts” families fostering ‎multiple children and experiencing extreme financial hardship, donating toys, clothes, linens kitchen ‎items and gift cards during the holiday season.‎

    Los Angeles lawyers are also highly engaged with the Mexican American Bar Foundation.‎

    The Miami and West Palm Beach offices participate in Friday Jeans Days to benefit Take Stock in ‎Children, a nonprofit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-‎income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through ‎education.‎

    The New Orleans office Partners take turns choosing a charity to support each year during the holiday ‎season. The organizations the office has supported include Giving Hope, the American Diabetes ‎Association, Boys Hope Girls Hope New Orleans, Tulane University, New Orleans Angel Investors ‎Network, Toys for Tots and Louisiana Horse Rescue.‎

    New York lawyers and staff raised significant contributions to local charities, including the ASPCA, Cycle ‎for the Cause, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Wounded Warriors, through Friday Jeans Days. ‎The office sponsored and participated in the Joseph Ferriso Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Outing on ‎Long Island, which provides multiple scholarships to students of various ages and at different levels of ‎education. The office supports the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Shootout for Soldiers LI ‎and CG Victory as well. ‎

    Office members also volunteered at the Iris House Family Day Picnic in NYC. In addition, the Firm gave ‎a donation on behalf of the Diversity Committee to Iris House, which provides comprehensive ‎support, prevention and education services for women, families and underserved populations ‎affected by HIV/AIDS and other health disparities.‎

    The Providence office hosts children’s book drives and a bowling event for Junior Achievement of ‎Rhode Island. Additionally, the office conducts Friday Jeans Days and donates the proceeds to local ‎Rhode Island charities, including The Confetti Foundation and Animal Rescue Rhode Island, among ‎others. Lawyers and staff in Providence also commit to supporting underserved families during the ‎holiday season. ‎

    The San Francisco office collects donations for Animal Care and Control, the city-run animal shelter of ‎San Francisco. The San Francisco office supports the Children’s Law Center and Queen’s Bench. San ‎Francisco lawyers have been highly involved with the California Women Lawyers, the Association of ‎Insurance Compliance professionals and Association of Life Insurance Counsel. ‎

    The Stamford office participates in the annual Corporate 5K to support the Boys & Girls Club of ‎Stamford. The Stamford office also competed in the annual Law Rocks NYC competition. The Rocke ‎Lords of Locke Lord raised money to benefit the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center in New Haven, ‎Conn. The organization works with the VA to create a medical-legal partnership assisting veterans. 


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