Volunteerism Highlights

Volunteer work for a wide range of charitable causes provides our lawyers and staff with opportunities to serve their communities and come together as colleagues.

Filling the pipeline: Teaching secondary students about the law

For two weeks in July, the London office provided 10 students from Stockwell Park School with work experience placements on our Work Confident Program. The students learned about the law and legal profession through workshops and trips to the Royal Courts of Justice. This program fulfils our commitment to PRIME, the initiative to provide fair access to quality work experience, which more than 80 legal firms in the UK have pledged to support.

Our London office partners with the Citizenship Foundation’s Lawyers in Schools program. Lawyers make classroom visits to teach a range of legal topics to secondary school students from economically deprived areas. Throughout workshops, the students learn about the law and improve their critical thinking, confidence and communications skills.

A White & Case team of nearly 20 volunteers from across the London office developed and executed a one-day law “master class” for 30 high-performing students from London schools. The first of its kind, the master class was part of a program run by Young Enterprise, a nonprofit organization focused on teaching young people ages 13 to 17 to learn and succeed through enterprise. More than 20 students learned about existing laws and discussed the necessary skills to be a successful lawyer.

In August, the Hong Kong office participated in the ENGAGE Journey of Opportunity Program, a two-week job shadowing program for two local secondary students. ENGAGE was organized by the nonprofit organization Community Business to provide youths with access to people in the corporate world as well as the sought-after work experience.

Lawyers from New York also coached high school and middle school students in moot court and mock trial competitions throughout the year. The students learned basic trial skills, as well as how to analyze legal issues and apply the law to the facts of the case.

For the second consecutive year, The New York Office Women’s Network helped organize the Young Women’s Leadership Network’s Summer Explorers camp. The office hosted 25 girls, ages 11 to 15, from public schools throughout New York City who were attending the program. The girls learned about constitutional rights and US First Amendment law through mock depositions and took a tour of the office, where they spoke with lawyers and staff about career opportunities.

As part of the ongoing partnership with the Washington Middle School for Girls (WMSG), the Washington, DC Women’s Network participated in the WMSG’s 8th Grade Service Learning Program. White & Case hosted four eighth grade students at our DC office for several hours over multiple days throughout the spring. The students learned about the legal profession and other careers in a law firm, participated in mock interview sessions, conducted mock trials, visited a courtroom and attended a session of the Roger Clemens trial.

Employability programs

White & Case joined Bromley by Bow Centre to host an employability day in the London office. Clients of the Bromley by Bow Centre toured the office and spoke with employees about the skills needed at a law firm as well as the career paths available. Lawyers and staff also discussed the importance of tailoring a resumé for a particular job and performed mock interviews. Bromley by Bow Centre is a community organization that provides services in East London, working in one of the most underserved areas in the United Kingdom.

The New York People department joined StreetWise Partners to host training to help low-income individuals overcome employability obstacles. More than 20 employees provided resumé advice and participated in mock interviews designed to build confidence and develop skills when looking for employment.

Supporting those in need

A White & Case team from the Hong Kong office participated in the annual Oxfam “Trailwalker” event, raising money for Oxfam, an international nonprofit that supports poverty alleviation and emergency relief projects. The team joined more than 4,700 participants in the challenging 100 kilometers across Hong Kong’s New Territories.

A White & Case team in London participated in this year’s London Legal Walk raising money for the London Legal Support Trust, an organization that funds legal advice for those who would not otherwise have access to it.

White & Case volunteers from the London office participated in the “Poppy Appeal” and sold poppies at Bank Tube Station in aid of The Royal British Legion. The effort raised £1,700, which will be distributed to UK military veterans in need.

DSM Manila implemented the Disaster Assistance Drive and Flood Aid Drive to help victims of the disaster resulting from severe storms that hit the Philippines. Through the Disaster Assistance Drive, employees donated money and the office matched the contributed amount.

A White & Case team from the New York office participated in Story by Story – Climbing to End Domestic Violence, a fundraising event to help victims of domestic violence. Participants climbed to the top of a 42-story skyscraper in the heart of Manhattan’s Fashion District. The event benefitted inMotion, which provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence and is a major source of pro bono referrals for the Firm.

Volunteers from the Singapore office participated in the ROSE (Rice, Oil, Sugar and Essentials) Program to distribute basic monthly necessities to approximately 220 people in disadvantaged families in Potong Pasir. The ROSE Program serves elderly and disadvantaged households, many of whom are living in high-rise buildings without elevators, which makes it difficult for them to shop for basic supplies.

The Singapore office partnered with Mustard Seeds for this year’s White & Case Community Day Event “Brunch Bliss” to serve brunch and distribute gift bags to 220 adults and 60 children from low-income families.

A White & Case partner and two associates participated in the Tokyo Charity Cup, a six-a-side football tournament that raised money for several charities to provide services for women and children in need in Japan and Nepal.

Our Washington, DC office strengthened its partnerships with Gifts for the Homeless and Bread for the City by participating in several events throughout the year. Volunteers donated used clothing for both organizations and supported the Bread for the City Holiday Drive.

Helping children and youth

The Brussels office participated in the Annual APCO-UNICEF Quiz for Children at Le Concert Noble in Brussels. Proceeds from the event were donated to the UNICEF “Step by Step Closer to School” campaign, designed to increase access to primary education for children in rural areas, particularly in India, the Peoples’ Republic of Congo, Haiti and Burundi. A White & Case team from the Brussels office also participated in the UNICEF Trivia Quiz to benefit UNICEF’s “Learning to Survive” Campaign, which helps educate children in emergency situations.

A White & Case team from Brussels participated in the Legal Run to raise money for “Une Note Pour Chacun,” an organization that helps hospitalized children or children with disabilities though musical activities. The White & Case office in Brussels has participated in the race since 2005.

Volunteers from our Frankfurt office participated in the 20th Annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge to benefit sports projects for physically challenged students. The White & Case office in Frankfurt has participated in the run since 1996.

The Hamburg office organized a White & Case team for the 11th Annual Hamburg HSH Nordbank Run to benefit Kinder für Kinder or Children for Children, a charity that supports socially disadvantaged and handicapped children.

Volunteers from the Hong Kong office joined students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to participate in a “Cookery For All” project with 10 disabled students and 10 students from a local school. For this joint social responsibility and graduate recruitment initiative, we collaborated with TREATS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to social integration for children in Hong Kong. The students and volunteers played games designed to get to know each other and then made fortune cookies.

As their annual social responsibility project, the Hong Kong Summer Interns elected to take children from the International Social Service (ISS) to visit Madam Tussauds Museum at the Peak. ISS is an international nonprofit with a network of branches that provide social services to individuals and families.

The London office held The Great British Charity Quiz to benefit Richard House hospice, a charity that provides hospice care and support for life-limited children and their families in east London. White & Case has partnered with Richard House for more than ten years and raised £44,000 in support of the charity.

A White & Case partner in London raised £3,045 for charity when he cycled a 1,500-kilometer course from London to Cannes, in the south of France. Sponsored by Cycle to Cannes, the six-day fundraising bike ride for property industry professionals coincides with MIPIM, the property convention that takes place in Cannes each year. In 2012, the principal beneficiary was Coram, the UK’s first children’s charity.

Nearly 100 lawyers and staff in the Los Angeles and New York offices partnered with the Foundation for Hospital Art to paint 48 canvases, which represent eight complete murals. These paintings were donated to local children’s hospitals.

The Los Angeles office adopted a family for the holidays through the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles “Holidays from the Heart Program.” Donations of money and gifts helped a low-income family with a child who was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

For the third consecutive year, the Miami office sponsored the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation’s Annual Picnic that approximately 3,000 people attended, including minority law school students, mentors (practicing lawyers, judges and teachers), bar association representatives, corporate sponsors and invited guests.

Lawyers and staff in New York and Washington, DC provided homeless children with the school supplies they need by partnering with Operation Backpack. The New York office also participated in the work-study program at Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem and organized an annual holiday toy drive for children at St. Barnabas Hospital.

The New York Lawyers Committee collaborated with Free Arts NYC to host 30 children from the New York City homeless system for an afternoon of art projects designed to teach about the law. Nearly 25 volunteer lawyers paired with children ages 11 to 13 to design their own board game based on the US legal system and shared experiences and stories about their careers. Free Arts NYC is a nonprofit organization that provides underserved children and families throughout New York City with educational arts and mentoring programs.

For the fourth consecutive year, a White & Case team from Paris participated in the 20 Kilomètres de Paris road running competition. For this event, the Firm donated €10,000 to La Chaîne de l’Espoir, a nonprofit organization that provides access to medical care for children in developing countries.

A White & Case employee from our Prague office participated in the London to Paris charity cycle challenge. Cycling for four days, he raised more than US$4,000 to benefit the International Childcare Trust (ICT), a nonprofit that partners with local organizations in Africa and Asia on children’s rights projects. Since 2002, White & Case employees and alumni have raised more than US$200,000 for ICT by participating in cycling events in Kenya, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India.

Volunteers from the Tokyo office participated in Human Rights Now’s International Children’s Day Charity Walk/Run to support the organization’s work against human rights violations.

The Washington, DC, office continued its partnership with Everybody Wins! DC, which promotes children’s literacy. Our lawyers and staff read to children each week, sponsored the annual gala and participated in a charity trivia quiz.

Renovating schools, parks and beaches

A team of volunteers in our Bratislava office joined nearly 5,000 others from 80 firms and organizations across Slovakia for the “Our City” event. Throughout 11 cities, the volunteers participated in activities relating to children and education, the environment, health and helping those less fortunate. The White & Case team worked a total of 36 hours renovating elementary schools and an elderly home.

White & Case participated in the Hong Kong Coastal Cleanup Challenge. A team from White & Case partnered with 19 law students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to pick up 16.6 kilograms of trash on the Anglers’ Beach in Sham Tseng.

The Miami office sponsored a landscape beautification project benefiting New Life Family Center, a temporary homeless shelter for families with young children.

The New York office partnered with GrowNYC to participate in its Open Space Greening Program that builds and sustains community and school gardens throughout New York City. One team of 20 volunteers renovated two community gardens, moving more than seven tons of topsoil and planting more than 300 plants in one afternoon. Another team of 36 renovated a community garden located in East Harlem.

A White & Case team from New York joined a financial services client for its annual community service day, renovating a public school in Central Harlem. Volunteers from White & Case and other organizations and firms spent the day painting murals and playground equipment, creating graphics for the playground and landscaping the area around the school.

Walking, running and cycling for medical research

A White & Case partner in our Brussels office cycled 112 miles through the United Kingdom in the Fred Whitton Challenge to raise money for a number of charities supporting medical research. Also from Brussels, a White & Case team of volunteers joined nearly 600 participants in the Relay For Life. The 24-hour relay at an outdoor track raised nearly €75,000 in support of the fight against cancer.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Tokyo office sponsored the Run for the Cure/Walk for Life 2012 Charity Walk/Run. This event raises awareness and funding to help eradicate breast cancer in Japan.

In Washington, DC, a White & Case team participated in the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, raising money for the fight against breast cancer. A White & Case team of lawyers and their families also participated in the inaugural Run Rogue 5K race to raise money for cancer research and provide support for patients with cancer and their families.