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:
Austin 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. Last year, together with area supporters, the Austin office helped raise more than $25,000. 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.
Boston lawyers and staff participated in the 2017 Lawyers Have Heart Road Race, which brought together close to 2,000 participants from over 95 law firms and companies in the Boston area. Additionally, the Boston office continues to volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank and helps sort, pack and label food for hungry families across Eastern Massachusetts.
The Boston office is also 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 Chicago office holds an annual Pay It Forward Day of Service. This year, some lawyers and staff participated in the annual “Play Your Part Chicago” event, which benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). CASA recruits, screens and trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Other Locke Lord team members visited the Greater Chicago Food Depository to repack food to be distributed to food banks across Chicago and Cook County. The office also sent a team to Race Judicata again this year. Proceeds from the 5K lakefront race benefit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). CVLS is the blanket pro bono organization that supports the St. Procopius Legal Clinic, which Locke Lord has operated for more than 30 years.
In addition, the Chicago Diversity Committee hosted a group of more than 25 middle schoolers from Just the Beginning (JTB) — A Pipeline Organization Summer Law Camp. The organization introduces students to simple legal concepts, plants the seed that the legal profession is attainable and encourages interaction with potential mentors. The law camp featured a mock debate for the 10- to 13-year-olds, which several of our attorneys judged, followed by lunch and lively discussion among the students and Locke Lord attorneys.
The Chicago office also actively supports 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.
Dallas participated in a United Way Day of Service, organizing a day of volunteering for lawyers and staff. More than 40 people assembled 750 snack bags for Mosaic Family Services, which were used during its summer camps. This is on top of the annual fundraising effort that the Dallas office contributes to raising more than $180,000. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is 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, and many of Locke Lord’s lawyers actively volunteer on the board and on committees of 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.
Through 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.
Every month, the Hartford office raises significant contributions to local charities — including Carter Cares Inc., the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, The Right Place, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation and Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters (to name a few) — through its Friday jeans day. Also, every holiday season, the Hartford office sponsors a special Thanksgiving luncheon with all proceeds going directly to FoodShare, a food banking operation based in Connecticut, which distributes enough food for 30,000 meals every single day of the year. 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 in Hong Kong and Asia. Box of Hope is in its 10th year 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 in the Asia region.
The Houston office offers bi-monthly jeans days, and collected contributions support a different charity each month. Organizations supported this year 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. This spring, the office collected food, volunteered and raised more than $5,000 in donations in support of the Houston Food Bank’s annual Food from the Bar event, coming in second place overall in the citywide competition.
The London office is a supporter of 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; Teens Unite Fighting Cancer; and Women in Law London, which champions the next generation of women leaders through networking and events to 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 law.
The Firm’s Los Angeles office is a regular contributor and sponsor of 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 abused and abandoned children, families living in poverty, homeless veterans, victims of domestic violence, defrauded consumers, the neglected elderly and weary refugees fleeing death threats and torture. In addition, three lawyers from the Los Angeles office sit on the Steering Committee for JTB. In the summer of 2017, Los Angeles lawyers participated in JTB — A Pipeline Organization Summer Legal Institute, where they gave presentations to young students on various legal topics. Since 2004, the Los Angeles office has participated in Verbum Dei High School’s Corporate Work Study Program, which sends two students from the inner-city all boys Catholic school to work once a week and one other day per month in return for a portion of their tuition to be covered by the Firm. Each holiday season, through Aviva Family and Children’s Services, the Los Angeles office adopts families that are fostering multiple children and also experiencing extreme financial hardship. Through the generosity of lawyers and staff, we are able to provide not only toys and clothes for the foster children but also much-needed linens, kitchen items and gift cards for food.
Miami and West Palm Beach offices conduct Friday jeans days from which all summer contributions benefited 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.
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 an annual scholarship to a graduating senior at two local high schools, an endowed scholarship at Hofstra University and pays for Boy Scout summer camp for several less fortunate scouts in the Copiague community. 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.
Providence hosts children’s book drives and a bowling event for Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. The office also adopts local families for the holidays. Additionally, the office conducts Friday jeans days and donates the money to local Rhode Island charities, including The Confetti Foundation and Animal Rescue Rhode Island, among others.
The Stamford office participated 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.