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 AIDS Walk Atlanta. 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 and assembles books for the blind through the National Braille Press.

The Chicago office has two flagship charity partners, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. 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. In the fall, Seyfarth fields a huge team for the AHA’s Heart Walk in Grant Park. The Chicago office has been the top law firm fundraiser for the Heart Walk from 2005 through 2011. Chicago attorneys and staff also serve on mentoring teams for 10 Chicago public high school students and participate in numerous other individual and group activities.

Our Houston office fields a team and sponsors and staffs a sandwich break station for the MS150 two-day bike ride from Houston to Austin, which raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the flagship charity of the Houston office.

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

Members of our New York office build houses with Habitat for Humanity, participate in City Harvest’s “Feed the Kids” campaign 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 Cristo Rey program by hosting a student and supporting Cristo Rey’s annual scholarship dinner, collects food and funds for the annual Food from the Bar program, 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.

Attorneys and staff from San Francisco participate in the Best Buddies Challenge Hearst Castle bike ride, 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.