Law Firms Give Back to the Community

05/01/06

Law firms give back to the community
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, the 6th largest legal service organization in the UK by turnover, has teamed up with the UK's leading youth charity, The Prince's Trust. Together they have taken up the cause of helping young disadvantaged people develop practical job skills for the construction industry. The initiative includes its newly formed Construction & Business Services ("CBS") Leadership Group comprising AMEC, BAA, Carillion, Construction Skills, DLA Piper, DRAX, ICI Paints and Rok.

The joint program will not only address the skills shortage currently faced by the industry but maximize upon the unique opportunity that exists due to the 2012 Olympics Games and also the increasing health, education, transport and heritage sector projects around the UK.

First Equal Justice Works Katrina
Megan Kraatz quit her high-profile job as an associate with Andrews Kurth to join the Equal Justice Works Katrina Initiative. She becomes the first Equal Justice Works Katrina legal fellow in Texas and will address some of the systemic problems hurricane survivors face in the state.

Megan Kraatz began her fellowship with Texas Appleseed in Austin, Texas, on April 3. Ms. Kraatz is working with governmental entities to help hurricane survivors who face foreclosure, eviction, labor abuses, insurance disputes, inadequate access to health care and disruption of public benefits. To help hurricane survivors address legal conflicts, she will initiate or participate in litigation against lenders, government agencies and landlords. She will also create a mediation program to help hurricane survivors address conflicts without litigation.

The Equal Justice Works Katrina Initiative has been established to address the many legal needs in areas hardest hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This program is placing lawyers and law students at nonprofit organizations located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama in order to help the hundreds of thousands of people left without homes, jobs, access to health care and social services due to the damage from the hurricanes.

Equal Justice Works has obtained a $1 million matching grant from the JEHT Foundation to sponsor public interest attorneys to work in the Gulf Coast region for up to two years, providing direct legal services to Gulf Coast residents in need.

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