Morgan Lewis featured an extraordinarily broad range of activities during the firm’s successful Community Impact Week supporting education around the world.
More than 1,200 Morgan Lewis lawyers, professional staff, and their families and friends took part in 150 events during the week of June 6-12. Participants contributed their time and energy to improving various aspects of the educational experience, including improving student nutrition, studying barriers to educational advancement, and raising awareness of the challenges confronting immigrant students.
Just a few of the many highlights from Community Impact Week included more than 200 participants in Philadelphia gathering for a full day of events such as improving the grounds of a public school, filling backpacks with art supplies for local elementary students, packaging books for preschoolers, and preparing breakfast kits for homebound elderly people. Lawyers from the Boston and New York offices led an important roundtable discussion addressing Morgan Lewis’s groundbreaking work in the area of education rights. The Dubai office hosted a book drive for the National Charity School, which supports underprivileged children with limited means. Members of the Los Angeles and Santa Monica offices painted images from beloved children’s books and sold the artwork as a fundraiser to support educational and food bank causes. Lawyers and staff from the firm’s Silicon Valley office volunteered at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, fixing up enclosures and performing landscaping work.
“This was truly a gratifying experience for every person who participated,” said Morgan Lewis associate talent and pro bono partner Amanda Smith. “We know that it is critical to improve educational opportunities, especially for families living in poverty, and last week we put our firm on the front lines of that effort.”
Morgan Lewis last year contributed nearly 100,000 hours to pro bono representations, an average of more than 60 hours per lawyer. The firm has long treated pro bono hours as billable, and it recognizes and rewards lawyers who have achieved success in pro bono representations. Morgan Lewis is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, pledging to spend at least 3% of its billable hours each year on pro bono matters.