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Community Outreach

Our outreach program is not restricted to young lawyers and students interested in the law. We are directly involved in the communities where our offices are located. We use our resources to strengthen educational and cultural institutions and to assist groups, associations and agencies that are working for the good of our local communities.

Americas

  • Ricky Byrdsong Foundation Race Against Hate in Chicago. We have been a sponsor for four consecutive years and both lawyers and staff run in the Race.
  • Constitutional Law Program with Northside Preparatory in Chicago. Guided by Mayer Brown lawyers, the students research and write oral arguments and argue real cases before a panel of lawyers serving as justices.
  • Pro bono work for the NAACP, which includes representing it nationally in matters pertaining to employment, licensing, first amendment rights and intellectual property.
  • The "N.Y. Cares" Winter Benefit and Summer Program for underprivileged children.
  • Partnership of the Chicago office with the Stockton School in Chicago, an elementary school serving a population that is 90% minority and 93% low-income students. The Firm's lawyers and staff serve as mentors and tutors to the school children during visits throughout the school year.
  • Secured federal trademark protection for the logos of the youth museum, radio station and gift shop of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago.
  • Financial and mentorship support provided to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Providence-St. Mel High School and Farragut High School in Chicago.
  • Leadership Circle Sponsor of Access Living Annual Gala, an organization which advocates for disability rights.
  • Participation of New York associates and summer associates in a program through NY Cares that takes underprivileged children to the Bronx Zoo.
  • Recipient of Giving Bowl Award in for service to Miriam's Kitchen, which provides meals to hundreds of Washington, D.C. homeless each day.
  • Hosted cultivation reception for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families to introduce the non-profit to new potential corporate donors.
  • Partnership of the Washington, D.C. office with the Gage-Eckington School in northeast D.C. The Firm's lawyers and staff serve as mentors and tutors to the students during the school year and raise money for the school's special needs.
  • Donated to the Bronx Charter School for the Arts.
  • Each office does significant volunteer work in their communities with city schools and community organizations serving disadvantaged individuals.

Europe

  • We work with Diversity Role Models, a charitable organisation that actively seeks to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools, to deliver anti-bullying workshops with students at Langdon Park secondary school, in East London.
  • Widening access to the legal profession is an ongoing priority of ours and we sponsor King's College London's flagship widening Participation Scheme - K+ - which aims to equip bright young students in London from under-represented groups with the knowledge, skills and confidence that they need to transition to university.
  • Fastlaners is an employability programme facilitated by UpRising for graduates from across East London. Through UpRising we work with unemployed graduates to help them develop the skills, knowledge, networks and confidence to reach their potential and start their career journey.
  • We use our expertise to make a difference to people who live and work in our local community and work with Langdon Park secondary school, providing students with work experience opportunities, mentoring and employability workshops, with the aim of raising their career aspirations. Our "World of Work" days introduce students to Mayer Brown so they can hear about our career paths and hear about our roles, building confidence in their ability to work in a Firm like ours.
  • We partner with Breaking Barriers, a small charity working as a refugee employment service, to deliver employability skills days for refugees arriving in the UK.

Asia

  • We work with Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Attorney Network ("HKGALA"), the first organization dedicated to promoting LGBT diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, to increase awareness of LGBT legal issues in Hong Kong and abroad, encourage LGBT-focused pro bono work, partner with public and private institutions to effect change at both social and legal levels, and ensure that, within the legal sector, LGBT individuals can bring their authentic selves to work. 
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