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Kirkland employees feel personally rewarded by volunteering their time and resources to programs benefiting the communities in which they work and live. A number of programs throughout the Firm help align Kirkland volunteers with local efforts to promote social responsibility.


  • The Kirkland Community Outreach Team (KCOT) and the Kirkland Wellness Program (KFIT) coordinate Kirkland employee participation in events that positively impact thousands of Chicagoans each year. Through meaningful volunteerism, the teams help build a better community while promoting positive morale among our personnel.
  • Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon: One hundred-fifty Kirkland employees, friends and families painted classrooms, hallways and stairwells at St. Ann School in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Kirkland had the largest law firm presence at the event which is the biggest day of community service in the city.
  • Working in the Schools Power Lunch Program: The program helps promote reading for pleasure. Kirkland volunteers read to students and provide support and encouragement throughout the school year.
  • American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: This noncompetitive walk supports the American Cancer Society's unique mission to fight cancer. Team Kirkland raised thousands of dollars to help in this effort.
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository: Kirkland volunteers helped sort donated produce so that unspoiled food could be forwarded to local centers who, in turn, distribute the food to needy people in the community.

Los Angeles

  • Step Up Women's Network Inspiration Awards: On Friday, May 9, 2008, Kirkland attorneys gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, together with about 750 additional guests to celebrate the Step Up Women's Network 2008 Inspiration Awards.  The event, which pays tribute to philanthropic achievement, honoring celebrities and leaders in the community, raised over $350,000.  Honorees included, Lifetime President and CEO, Andrea Wong, the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, and actress, Jennifer Love Hewitt.  Lindsay Casamassima and Marc Cohen, among others are proud supporters of the Step Up Women's Network.
  • Disability Rights Legal Center Pro Bono Initiative: Kirkland's Los Angeles office recently announced the endowment of a permanent fellowship to the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC).  The fellowship will enable the DRLC to hire a new attorney every two years to work on specific DRLC projects within the Los Angeles community. Kirkland attorneys look forward to partnering with the DRLC to create a competitive application process and to select, train and develop each fellow.
  • L.A. Works Day: Over 80 Kirkland attorneys and staff teamed up with thousands of volunteers to offer their service at the 16th Annual L.A. Works Day held on Saturday, June 14, 2008.  This year, L.A. Works' day of corporate service undertook the transformation of South Los Angeles school, Hillcrest Drive Elementary.  Led by Partner Rebecca Wahlquist, the Kirkland team enthusiastically engaged in activities that included painting, cleaning, planting community gardens and painting murals.  L.A. Works is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing individuals and groups with community service opportunities in Los Angeles.  L.A. Works has provided more than 15,000 volunteers and over 100 corporate volunteer teams for 600 community organizations.

New York

  • New York Cares: Each year, Kirkland personnel from the New York office donate their time to volunteer projects throughout New York City. In 2006, nearly 40 Kirkland summer associates joined forces with New York Cares for a community service project at a school in Brooklyn. Volunteers revitalized the school’s playground by painting line games and a map on the playlot, and painted a number of colorful murals depicting healthy foods and activities to be displayed in the school’s cafeteria. In addition to dedicating time and energy to the revitalization project, Kirkland made a donation in the amount of $10,000 to New York Cares on behalf of our 2006 summer associate class.
  • Daffodil Days: In March, Kirkland employees purchase daffodils, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The daffodil is the first flower to appear in spring and is a symbol of hope and renewal for the Society.
  • Toys for Tots: Each year, the New York office supports this initiative that collects and distributes toys to disadvantaged children during the holiday season. This message of hope to needy children can help motivate them to grow into responsible and productive adults.
  • Election Protection Coalition: On Election Day 2006, the New York office hosted a national call center where lawyers and paralegals staffed 30 voter assistance hotlines. Volunteers answered voters’ questions, documented complaints and attempted to solve voting problems phoned in from many states. The call center was part of the Election Protection Coalition, a nonpartisan legal resource whose mission is to make sure all eligible voters are able to vote if they so choose, especially in communities that the group views as being historically disenfranchised.
  • North Shore Animal League America: This organization, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the world, provides refuge and medical treatment to unclaimed animals until they can be placed in safe, loving homes. Each year, Kirkland personnel from the New York office volunteer their time to nurture the animals and aid in the adoption process.

San Francisco

  • Rebuilding Together San Francisco: A team of Kirkland attorneys, staff and their families take part in this annual project that provides free home repair and renovation programs for low-income, elderly and disabled San Franciscans. In 2005, Team Kirkland worked on a home owned by an elderly grandmother who is the primary guardian for several grandchildren. In 2006, our team renovated the Mission Learning Center, where San Francisco school children are taught reading skills. In 2007, Team Kirkland renovated the Whitney Young Child Development Center, a facility that provides full-day childcare for preschool children of working parents, before and after school supervision of Kindergarten through 6th graders, and services for developmentally and physically disabled youngsters.
  • Food from the Bar: When schools close for the summer, thousands of San Franciscan children of low-income families lose school breakfast and lunch programs. Kirkland teams with the San Francisco Bar Association and the San Francisco Food Bank to donate time, food and money in this effort to fight child hunger.
  • Law Suits: Kirkland participates in this program which collects and donates gently used business clothing for donation to Working Wardrobes for a New Start — a nonprofit serving individuals emerging from a life crisis who want to re-enter the workforce.

Washington, D.C.

  • Lawyers Have Heart 10K: Kirkland was proud to send a team of runners/walkers to this annual event, which was well-attended by attorneys and staff alike. The event raised funds for the American Heart Association.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Program - Kirkland’s Washington office supported 75 children in this annual program that provides holiday gifts for children 12 years of age and younger and seniors 62 years of age and older.
  • Gifts for the Homeless Clothing Drive: Kirkland employees donated nearly 70 bags of gently used clothing which, combined with donations from other local law firms, benefited 72 of the city’s homeless shelters. This effort was made possible by the generosity of the givers and the many hands that helped sort and deliver the bags.
  • Everybody Wins!: As EWLA’s first Corporate Reading Partner, over 30 Kirkland employees participate in this program that matches volunteers from employers in metropolitan areas to read with specifically assigned, disadvantaged students in nearby schools once a week during the lunch hour. In 2007, the Washington office hosted the first "Lawyers for Literacy Trivia Night." Nine participating firms donated money for each team entered to support Everybody Wins!

European Offices

  • Holiday Toy Collection: Kirkland London participates in annual holiday toy collection to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital. This leading children’s hospital has a profound effect on the care and treatment provided to seriously ill children.
  • Environmental Improvement: Our London office personnel volunteer their time and efforts in environmental projects. They assist in planting gardens, painting walls, clearing garbage and assisting in other clean-up efforts in and around the City.
  • Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation: Our Munich personnel are helping the Foundation in Pakistan to rebuild the water supply scheme for 30 villages in Azad Kashmir that were devastated by an earthquake in 2005. Kirkland is supporting the project in all phases including coordination and fundraising to the implementation of the project.
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