Washington DC, 11 September 2014 – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that the firm’s Washington DC office has launched “Making the Case for Kids,” a multidimensional community service and pro bono campaign aimed at supporting children and education. The firm will host a kickoff reception in partnership with Critical Exposure on September 23, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at its Washington DC office (1999 K Street, NW). The event will feature the extraordinary photography of talented inner-city high school participants in the Critical Exposure program, which trains DC high school students to use photography and advocacy to make changes in their schools and communities. Mayer Brown will host the Critical Exposure exhibit in its DC office from September 15 through October 10.

The “Making the Case for Kids” campaign includes initiatives to:

·      Bring focus to existing pro bono and community service activities and engage a large cross-section of the Mayer Brown community under one targeted campaign;

·      Expand the firm’s existing partnerships with community service and pro bono organizations and forge new partnerships with additional organizations in the DC community whose focus is benefiting children and education;

·      Facilitate connections among partner organizations that share a commitment to children and education but that have not previously worked together, to create new types of programs that leverage their mutual strengths; and

·      Enhance the operational efficiency of partner organizations through increased involvement of Mayer Brown personnel at the board level and in other consulting capacities.

“Although Mayer Brown has a long history of partnering with organizations in the DC community to benefit children and education, ‘Making the Case for Kids’ allows us to expand our efforts under one targeted campaign,” said Dan Masur, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. “Quality education is vital to the overall success of our District’s youth, and it’s incredible to think what we can accomplish by engaging a large cross-section of lawyers and staff, while bringing together community service organizations in the District to achieve the mission of providing broader access to educational opportunities for at-risk children.”

In addition to Critical Exposure, Making the Case for Kids partner organizations include:

•    Higher Achievement

•    Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

•    First Book

•    Children’s Law Center

•    DC Appleseed

•    LAYC Career Academy

•    National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

•    Malini Foundation

With more than 180 lawyers, Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office has experienced substantial growth in 2014, adding more than two-dozen lateral partners and other lawyers in top-tier practice areas, including Intellectual Property, White Collar Defense & Compliance, Securities Litigation & Enforcement, Employment & Benefits and Government Relations. Lawyers in the office are routinely recognized as leaders in the Washington legal scene by such publications as the Washington Business Journal, The Washingtonian, Legal Times, Benchmark, Chambers and Legal 500.

NOTE: Members of the media interested in attending the “Making the Case for Kids” kickoff event in partnership with Critical Exposure may RSVP by emailing Jason Milch at jmilch@hellermanbaretz.com.


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