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 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.
At St. Francis Center, lawyers and staff in the Los Angeles help provide urgent relief to those in need by serving hot meals and collecting, organizing and distributing groceries.
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.