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Community Service

Mayer Brown lawyers and staff are encouraged and enabled to participate in our community service initiatives as part of the firm’s wider CSR program. Firm personnel bring causes and organizations to the firm’s attention and go on to dedicate their time and expertise, together with their colleagues, to making a difference.

Mayer Brown’s community service program works with and supports organizations in the following areas:

Children

Looking to the next generation is a key focus for Mayer Brown. Our aim is to give the youngest members of society the support and assistance they need to improve their lives and achieve their life goals. We support organizations dedicated to children's education and those aiming to alleviate child poverty. Organizations and initiatives we support include the following:

  • In Hong Kong we work with Indochina Starfish Foundation, an organization that aims to achieve long-lasting and positive change among some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children and families in Cambodia through education and sports activities.
  • Across our Chicago, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, London and Houston offices we run annual toy drives and gift collections and provide life essentials including clothing and school supplies.
  • In Washington DC we work with Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, an academy that works with underserved communities in Washington DC, using baseball and softball as a way to develop children’s character development, academic achievement and improved health.
  • Our Hong Kong office participate in the annual Barefoot Walk for Children, an event to raise funds and awareness regarding the plight of children and families of South Sudan who are living through an ongoing civil war and food crisis.

Conservation

Out of concern for our impact on the environment, we have developed an extensive sustainability program to guide our workplace practices. We also are directly involved in environmental issues for our communities. Our projects range from supporting Earth Hour and beach cleanups to replanting trees and collecting mobile phones for recycling to fund efforts to preserve habitats for mountain gorillas.

  • Mayer Brown is a Hong Kong corporate member of the World Wildlife Fund and is involved in garden and habitat recovery programs at WWF Island House Conservation Studies Centre. Staff members attend the Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre to learn more about marine ecology and coral reefs.
  • Staff in our Palo Alto and Hong Kong offices have supported their local marine environment by creating teams to carry out beach cleanups and remove plastics from the shoreline.
  • Our Palo Alto staff have also worked on reforestation projects working to replant trees in Golden Gate National Park.
  • Outside of our extensive recycling programs across the firm, our Paris and German offices are leading the effort to reduce waste by donating old computers to an environmental charity and collecting cork, batteries and old mobile phones. Proceeds from the German collections help fund the preservation of habitats for mountain gorillas.

Education and Employability

A key focus for Mayer Brown is to attract, develop and retain talent. Our Diversity & Inclusion program works closely alongside CSR to ensure that in partnership we develop and are involved in projects supporting education and employability to those with a lack of access to educational resources and employment opportunities for whatever reason.

For any child to be able to achieve an education, they need to have both access to education and the resources to be able to continue that education. To support these children, our Asia offices have worked extensively supporting Loreto in Vietnam to provide school packs to children in remote areas; in Hong Kong and Vietnam our projects supply books to children; and in Hong Kong we support TREATS providing children with special needs English lessons and a community exploration day.

In Chicago we work alongside Tutor Mate Innovations For Learning Program with 22 Mayer Brown lawyers and staff in Chicago acting as weekly virtual reading tutors to at-risk first grade students in low income communities.

As children develop in their education, we understand the importance of their gaining access to employers, and we offer, alongside our standard graduate work placement schemes, a series of other work placement schemes for those who have less access or opportunity. These include:

  • Washington - We host 60 middle school students from underprivileged neighborhoods for Higher Achievement’s National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration event.
  • London - We offer an introductory course to the world of work for school students. We also offer work experience placements to those from low social mobility backgrounds, those with learning disabilities and refugees.
  • Chicago - Ten students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago participate in the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) for the entire school year. The CWSP allows students to earn approximately 65% of their tuition while gaining valuable work experience and cultivating a strong network of professional relationships. We also work with Urban Alliance to empower under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed through paid internships, formal training and mentorship. Two students from the Chicago Summer Business Institute intern with a variety of departments for three weeks during the summer months. The CSBI provides work experience for Chicago high school students and introduces them to the business world.

Our focus on employability extends across all age groups, and we understand the need to give support, share our experiences and assist with improving job search skills, CV writing and interview skills. We have various programs across many offices including:

  • Volunteers in our New York office have supported activities at Covenant House focused on helping youth improve their skills and job-hunting abilities and develop an employment/career strategy. We participate in mock interviews and join in career-mapping panels.
  • In London our flagship program is a partnership with Breaking Barriers where we provide a six-month, paid work placement to refugees, provide a series of employability skills workshops and offer coaching services.
  • Our Washington DC office hosts an annual mock-trial program for 30—40 underprivileged youth in partnership with Higher Achievement.
  • In Houston, London and Chicago we support business clothes drives to ensure that candidates going for interviews are given confidence by wearing suitable clothing.

Health

Mayer Brown recognizes the impact that serious health issues have on our communities. Through our charitable giving and community service programs we support various health-related campaigns and causes:

  • Children with Cancer Frankfurt e.V. - Our German offices join with Commerzbank each year for their Reverse Kicker Charity Cup to raise money for Help for Children with Cancer Frankfurt e.V. They also support Children’s Hospice Bärenherz Wiesbaden with financial donations.
  • Cycle for Survival - In New York our staff participate in Cycle for Survival, a national fundraiser dedicated to raising money for rare cancer research through indoor team cycling events.
  • JPMorgan Chase Run - Our German offices participate each year in the JPMorgan Chase run in Frankfurt, which supports sports for people with disabilities.
  • Remote Health Services - We have donated funds to provide health services to 1,500 residents in a remote Chinese village.
  • Cardiomyopathy UK - In our London office we have supported Cardiomyopathy UK, which promotes awareness of the heart muscle disease of cardiomyopathy and The Royal Marsden Hospital, a specialized hospital for cancer patients.
  • Mindset - In Hong Kong Mayer Brown staff add running shoes to their business suits or dress in costume for the annual Rat Race obstacle course in Hong Kong’s central business district. The event raises funds for Mindset, which supports mental health-related organizations in Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • American Cancer Society Walk & Roll Chicago - Each year we support the American Cancer Society Walk & Roll Chicago and rank in the top 10 companies in the city with 2 team members having been in the top 20 participants. 
  • Blood Donation - Many of our offices run regular blood donation sessions.

For more information about Mayer Brown’s health-related projects, please contact .

Humanitarian Relief

The most desperate needs of our fellow humans often appear overwhelming. Mayer Brown works alongside local and global organizations to try to alleviate suffering and address humanitarian needs. We also work with our staff to inform them of appeals in the event of national and local natural disasters or calls for emergency relief.

  • Food supplies - in Hong Kong we work with Sunshine Action, which distributes hot meals to Hong Kong’s homeless. In Charlotte we support Loaves & Fishes, which provides a week’s worth of groceries to individuals and families experiencing short-term financial crisis.
  • Homelessness - In Washington DC we work with Homestretch, which helps homeless families obtain permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency and Gifts for the Homeless, which collects clothing. In London we ran a two year fundraising appeal for a local homeless project working to support the homeless returning to employment.
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