The economy is beginning to recover, and law firms are showing their appreciation through philanthropic works. Luckily for Street Law, Inc.—a nonprofit organization dedicated to crime prevention, conflict resolution, and youth advocacy—cost-cutting measures within the legal industry, for at least a dozen firms, have not extended to charitable donations.
King & Spalding LLP has recently led news headlines with a variety of negative press about its decision to drop the DOMA defense. Today, the firm is still topping lists, but this time, one of generous donors. After King & Spalding gave $25,000 to Street Law, Inc., ten other dedicated firms each donated $10K to the same organization, which will use the funds to provide practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights.
For the past few decades, Street Law, Inc. has grown from a local program educating District of Columbia high school students about practical aspects of the law and the legal system into a national and international organization. Since its founding in 1972, Street Law, Inc. has expanded its programs and publications to include new content and skill areas, such as crime prevention, conflict resolution, and youth advocacy for use in school systems, juvenile justice facilities, and community settings.
Street Law, Inc.’s mission is international. It now has established programs and developed materials in over thirty countries. This year, Street Law, Inc. will initiate legal education programs in Latin America, Dubai, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as in community colleges across the United States.
“These donations will support Street Law’s efforts to diversify the legal profession and bring practical education about law, democracy, and human rights into new countries and audiences around the world,” replied Lee Arbetman, Executive Director of Street Law, Inc.
So what is your firm doing to give back to the legal community, especially the younger generations?
Not only do these gifts provide invaluable services to local, national, and international persons in need, but your firm can also benefit in terms of tax breaks and good-will marketing. Street Law, Inc.—as the name implies—focuses on pragmatic issues in law. In the same way, your firm can practice practical philanthropy, i.e., charitable donations can be a profitable business venture or advertising scheme, in addition to an act of philanthropy.
It’s time to follow suit with the ten other firms who donated 10K:
- Baker Botts LLP
- Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
- Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
- Crowell & Moring LLP
- DLA Piper LLP (US)
- Epstein Becker & Green, PC
- Hollingsworth LLP ($15,000)
- Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Read more about Street Law, Inc.’s efforts at www.streetlaw.org.