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BigLaw (Still) Stepping Up on Haiti Aid

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  • BigLaw (Still) Stepping Up on Haiti Aid

    Ed. note: This is an update of a post we did last Thursday. Click through to read the list of firms we’ve added since then.

    Above the Law’s David Lat was right on the money Wednesday when he gave BigLaw props for “stepping up to the plate and providing aid when major disasters strike.” It’s true: when it comes to disaster help — and charitable giving more generally — big law firms time and time again rise to the occasion.

    And in regard to the Haiti earthquake, it’s no different. As ATL wrote on Wednesday, Paul Hastings agreed to pony up $100,000 to Doctors Without Borders — Haiti Earthquake Response.

    On Thursday, news of other BigLaw charitable contributions continue to reach us. The efforts so far vary in their amounts, but all should be applauded for stepping up. A quick roundup:

    Skadden Arps: Skadden will make an “aggregate donation” of $100,000 to organizations providing relief in Haiti. The donation will be comprised partly of an initial contribution to relief organizations, and an additional fund under which the firm will match individual employee contributions of up to $500.

    Kirkland & Ellis: The Kirkland & Ellis LLP Foundation, its attorneys and staff have given an initial $100,000 to help recovery efforts. The contributions will benefit the American Red Cross and an orphanage in Haiti called Grace House of Hope for Girls.

    Holland & Knight: The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation will hold a firmwide “Casual Day for a Cause” to benefit the Haitian disaster relief. The firm will match individual contributions up to $100,000 and donate it to the American Red Cross.

    Morrison & Foerster: The Morrison & Foerster Foundation has launched a matching program for donations made by Morrison & Foerster attorneys and staff to support charitable relief efforts in Haiti. The Foundation will match donations in support of Haiti earthquake relief up to a combined total of $10,000.

    Sonnenschein: Anyone who wants to wear jeans to work on Friday must pay $5 to the Rural Haiti Project. The firm says one of its associates is a board member and co-founder of the organization.

    UPDATES (1/14):

    Morgan Lewis: Morgan Lewis Thursday told employees that the firm would match their contributions to the American Red Cross up to $100,000.

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed: Hughes Hubbard is working to raise funds on behalf of UNICEF and will also be making a financial contribution. Organizers have set a fundraising goal of $15,000.

    Weil Gotshal: Weil Gotshal announced Thursday that it will immediately make a contribution of $100,000, spread among three organizations with which the firm has an ongoing relationship - American Red Cross, Save the Children and Oxfam. In addition, Weil is doing an internal fundraising drive and expects that overall contributions will be over $200,000.

    Dewey & LeBoeuf: Dewey & LeBoeuf announced on Thursday it too would give $100,000 to the Haiti relief efforts, spread among four organizations: the American Red Cross, the Center of Hope — Haiti; Doctor’s Without Borders; and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    Hogan & Hartson: The firm will match contributions made by all firm personnel to the American Red Cross Haiti earthquake relief effort up to $100,000.

    Latham & Watkins: Latham & Watkins will match contributions made by firm personnel to any of the following relief organizations: Red Cross, Haiti Relief and Development Fund, Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, CARE, and World Vision. The firm will match all contributions up to a combined total of $200,000.

    Venable: The Venable Foundation is donating approximately $30,000 to the relief effort and is encouraging individual donations from attorneys and staff.

    Akin Gump: Akin Gump is making a $50,000 donation — $25,000 to the American Red Cross and $25,000 to Mercy Corps. In addition, the firm will match donations from lawyers and staff up to $50,000.

    UPDATES (1/15):

    Katten Muchen: Katten Muchen is pledging to match all partner and staff contributions up to $25,000.

    Cooley Godward: Cooley attorneys and staff will make a minimum aggregate donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund through a firmwide matching program.

    Patton Boggs: Patton Boggs announced Friday that it would donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross and $25,000 to Doctors Without Borders. In addition, the firm plans to match employee donations up to $50,000.

    Paul Weiss: Paul Weiss announced Thursday that the firm will match, up to a total of $1,000 per person, the donations of all employees to any of the following organizations: American Red Cross, AmeriCares, CARE, Doctors without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam America, and US Fund for UNICEF, as well as other recognized organizations preferred by the donor.

    Gibson Dunn: The Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Foundation will be contributing $100,000 to the American Red Cross-International Response Fund.

    Debevoise & Plimpton: Debevoise announced that it will match individual contributions in support of relief efforts in Haiti up to a total of $100,000 to a variety of relief organizations. Debevoise will also be looking for opportunities to provide pro bono assistance to support the rebuilding effort in Haiti.

    Fried Frank: Fried Frank will make a donation and will match donations made by any employee over the next two weeks, up to a total Firm-wide contribution of $100,000 (an individual match of $1,000). The firm is suggesting donations go to the Red Cross.

    Morrison & Foerster: MoFo announced it has increased the amount of its matching fund to $25,000.

    Chadbourne & Parke: Chadbourne & Parke announced Friday that the Chadbourne & Parke Foundation will make an initial contribution of $100,000 to charities participating in earthquake relief efforts. The firm will also match individual donations by firm employees.

    Winston & Strawn: The Winston & Strawn Foundation announced Friday it is a donation of $50,000 to Partners in Health. The foundation will also match up to $25,000 in contributions from the firm’s attorneys and staff to relief efforts through Partners in Health, for a total contribution of up to $100,000.

    Foley & Lardner: Foley & Lardner will match 50 percent up to $100,000 of all contributions made by firm personnel to any of the relief agencies providing support to the people of Haiti.

    McGuireWoods: McGuireWoods will match up to $50,000 contributions made by the firm’s attorneys and staff to relief efforts. While employees may choose a charity of their choice, the firm will donate it’s matching funds to the American Red Cross.

    King & Spalding: King & Spalding has earmarked $50,000 to provide matching funds of up to $100 per donor for contributions to a number of charitable agencies.

    UPDATES (1/20):

    Mayer Brown:: Mayer Brown has donated $50,000 each to Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity.

    Pillsbury Winthrop: Pillsbury Winthrop has approved up to $25,000 in grant funding to match attorney/staff donations. The firm’s matching contributions are being directed to the American Red Cross and Share Our Strength, a hunger relief organization that Pillsbury has provided pro-bono services to for 20 years.

    Kaye Scholer: Kaye Scholer will match donations made by its partners and employees, up to a total matching contribution of $100,000. The firm’s contribution will be spread among three organizations — the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners in Health.

    Schulte Roth: Schulte Roth will contribute $100,000 to Partners in Health, a pro bono partner of the Firm that was already deeply involved in Haiti before the earthquake and is now setting up a hospital to treat the victims in Port-au-Prince.

    Sutherland Asbill: As of last Friday, 480 Sutherland employees have donated more than $23,500 to ServeHAITI, a non-profit, faith-based organization working together with the people of Grand Bois, Haiti, to achieve a better quality of life. The firm will contribute at least $15,000.

    Reed Smith: Reed Smith will make a $50,000 contribution, in increments of $10,000, to each of 5 international relief organizations. The beneficiary organizations of the Firm’s donation will be the 5 most frequently designated as the recipients of individual employee contributions. The firm will also match, up to $25,000 all Reed Smith partner or employee contributions made in January to one of a list of organizations provided by the firm.

    Edwards Angell: Edwards Angell is matching up to $100,000 in donations made by attorneys and staff.

    Orrick: Orrick will match up to $75,000 for personal donations made by lawyers and staff to Action Against Hungerf.

    That’s what we have for now. If we missed your firm, don’t fret or send us angry emails. Just let us know what you’ve done and we’ll add your name to the list. Fyi, we’re only listing firms that have either donated a specific dollar amount or have agreed to match donations up to a certain level.

    If other LBers are interested in giving to the Haiti relief efforts, click here for a WSJ primer on what’s needed (hint: cash), and organizations looking for donations.

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