New Attorney Continues Focus on Pro Bono Activities
New York – LAWFUEL – Law Jobs, Law News – November 1, 2006 – Chadbourne & Parke attorney Laila Hlass received an award on October 19, 2006 from Equal Justice Works on behalf of the Student Hurricane Network (SHN). Ms. Hlass co-founded SHN, which works with law students and administrators to create and coordinate volunteer legal opportunities in Gulf Coast communities damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Based in Washington, D.C., Equal Justice Works was founded in 1986 by law students seeking equal justice for underserved communities. Equal Justice Works presented SHN with the LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Exemplary Public Service Award at its 2006 Awards Dinner in Washington.
“In September 2005, other students and I started the Student Hurricane Network to connect law students with service opportunities to help the people of the Gulf Coast,” explains Ms. Hlass, a native of storm-damaged Long Beach, Mississippi, and a 2006 graduate of Columbia Law School. “We have sent over 1,000 students to the region to volunteer during their winter and spring breaks. We have more trips planned.”
Ms. Hlass spent 20 days in New Orleans supervising students involved in projects focused on issues such as voting rights, housing, criminal justice, juvenile justice, and immigrant rights.
She is continuing her commitment to public interest work at the Legal Services Center of The Door, New York City’s premier youth development agency. Since 1998, Chadbourne has placed associates at the Center as externs, and in 2005 Chadbourne expanded the commitment by starting the Chadbourne & Parke Door Fellowship. Last month, Ms. Hlass began serving as the newest Fellow, working entirely on pro bono matters. The Center provides a broad range of legal counsel and advocacy services in such areas as family law, the rights of youth in foster care, immigration, and access to public benefits.
The Chadbourne & Parke LLP Foundation has donated $110,200 to Katrina relief efforts
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Chadbourne supported relief efforts on several fronts. For example, attorneys in New York took part in the City Bar Justice Center’s Hurricane Katrina Legal Relief Project, and the Chadbourne & Parke LLP Foundation donated $110,200 to five charitable groups. The donations were:
$20,000 to Habitat for Humanity’s “Make a Difference Today” project, at which homes for Gulf Coast families were constructed at Rockefeller Plaza during the week of September 26-30, 2005. Chadbourne had 54 volunteers working on the project. The Firm also made available conference rooms, telephones and computer hookups for Habitat for Humanity.
$60,200 to New York Disaster Interfaith Services to help purchase clothes and school supplies for 3,000 evacuees living in New York.
$10,000 to America’s Second Harvest to help support disaster relief and recovery activities and assist its food banks.
$10,000 to Katy Christian Ministries in Katy, Texas (a Houston suburb), where churches were being used as shelters for evacuees. The Firm had previously collected and sent blankets, clothing and personal care supplies to churches in Katy.
$10,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and the Greater New Orleans Foundation, which arranged grants to community organizations in the areas hit by the hurricane.
About Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, corporate finance, energy, telecommunications, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, white collar defense, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, London (a multinational partnership), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw (a Polish partnership), Kyiv, Almaty and Beijing. For additional information, visit www.chadbourne.com.