Community Service

We believe that every person can make a difference in the community and every person has something to contribute.

We strongly encourage all of our attorneys and staff to donate their time to help those in the community, whether as volunteers, fundraisers, board members or participants in service projects. Our people mentor underserved students, build houses for those who otherwise would not have shelter, serve food to the hungry, raise awareness about important causes, collect everything from food to toys to clothing to school supplies and participate -- sometimes by the hundreds -- in our events to raise money and awareness for our charity partners.

The firm annually gives two Seyfarth Shaw Community Service Awards to individuals who best demonstrate a commitment to giving back to the community and making a difference. The Unsung Hero award recognizes the efforts of an individual who devotes a substantial amount of his or her personal time to improving the lives of those in the community. The Inspirational Leadership Award recognizes the efforts of an individual who motivates those around him or her to get involved in community service activities and leads the way in participating in those activities, usually with tremendous results for our charity partners. Everyone in the firm is eligible, and each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a $2,500 donation to his or her chosen charity.

A few examples of our community service events from each office include:

Members of the Atlanta office participate in the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the Cycle for Life event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They read to children as part of the Lawyers for Literacy “Everybody Wins!” program and collect toys and clothing during the holidays to donate to underprivileged children.

The Boston office’s flagship charity is Best Buddies International, an organization dedicated to helping those with intellectual disabilities. Seyfarth is a major sponsor of the Best Buddies Challenge Hyannis Port bike ride and also provides free office space to Best Buddies. The Boston office also regularly volunteers at the Boston Food Bank.

The Chicago office's flagship charity is the American Cancer Society. In the spring, the Chicago office rallies to support the ACS through participation in the Relay for Life, the Discovery Ball and various related fundraising activities. The Chicago office also coordinates group volunteer activities with organizations such as Cradles to Crayons and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Around the holidays, the office partners with Alliance for the Children for an annual drive to collect new clothing and toys for children in need.

Our Houston office participates in Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason and members of the office select a different charity to support each year. Past charities include Open Door Mission, and Teach for America.

In Los Angeles, we support Para Los Ninos, which provides child care and schooling to at-risk youth. For at least the past several years, we have held an annual event to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. We also participate in walks to support Best Buddies and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Members of our New York office build houses with Habitat for Humanity and host a visit from Santa Claus for local children, in addition to participating in Read for the Record and Scribbles to Novels to support the New York office’s flagship charity, Jumpstart for Young Children.

The Sacramento office participates in the Boys and Girls Club and supports its flagship charity, the American Cancer Society, by participating in the ACS’s Annual Capitol Invitational Golf Tournament. For the past several years, our colleagues in Sacramento have participated in a head-shaving event to support Keaton Raphael Memorial; the event raises critical funds for childhood cancer research.

Attorneys and staff from San Francisco participate in fundraising events benefiting Best Buddies, volunteer at a local mission to provide meals to the homeless, and turn out in force to walk in the AIDS Walk, which raises money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the flagship charity of the San Francisco office.

In Washington D.C., attorneys and staff assemble twice per year to make sandwiches for Martha’s Table, an organization that feeds low-income and homeless people. We also host an arts and crafts-making event at the National Children’s Medical Center for patients and their families.