Arent Fox’s commitment to the community goes well beyond legal work. With offices in Washington, DC, New York City, and Los Angeles, we can’t imagine not being involved in our schools, cultural organizations, art institutes, historical societies, community centers and neighborhoods.
Throughout our history, Arent Fox has played a crucial role in the success and livelihood of numerous charitable institutions, thanks to our most valuable asset: personal dedication. The following is a sampling of our community involvement:
Annual Giving Drives
Each year we organize a variety of charitable giving events. Recently we sent more than 100 care packages overseas to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Arent Fox and donated school supplies through the Angel Tree Program.
Community Service Awards
Arent Fox annually recognizes four individuals for significant service to their local community. Recent recipients include a foster parent, an Arent Fox employee who provides outreach services to patients at a Virginia nursing home, a volunteer at the Lymphoma & Leukemia Foundation and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a fluent Creole speaker who volunteered to help with a pro bono case involving a Haitian immigrant.
Each week lawyers and staff prepare and serve meals for the homeless from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m.
One-Day Volunteer Events
As a firm, attorneys and employees have recently participated in the following one-day volunteer events, some of which occur on an annual basis: the Annual Fannie Mae Walk for the Homeless; the Annual Greater DC CARES Servathon (a one-day citywide volunteer event); the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection Hotline; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Supreme Court hearing demonstration observer project; and the Annual AIDS Walk to raise money for the Whitman-Walker Clinic.
Randle Highlands Elementary School
Beginning in 1999, the firm undertook a Partnership in Education with Randle Highlands School, a Southeast DC public elementary school. The firm has provided much-needed support and financial assistance for this under-funded elementary school, including providing a reading program for children and parents, running programs on legal issues for parents (including housing; food stamps, WIC and nutrition programs; family law; domestic violence; employment issues; and related matters), conducting a school uniform drive for Randle students, and running holiday parties for Harvest Festival (Halloween) and Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanzaa.
The Randle Highlands program allows attorneys and staff to work together, encouraging a greater spirit of community both within the firm and in our home city of Washington, DC. In May 2000, the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs awarded the firm an Outstanding Achievement Award for its work with Randle Highlands.
Georgetown University International Women’s Human Rights Clinic
In conjunction with this clinic run by Georgetown University, an Arent Fox associate traveled to Uganda in 2004 to supervise a team of law students on a human rights fact-finding mission on the frequency of the practice of female genital cutting. The students then drafted a human rights report with critical feedback from the Arent Fox associate, which will be used by local advocates to lobby for the passage of legislation banning the practice.
Red Cross Blood Drives
For more than a decade, Arent Fox has sponsored quarterly in-house blood drives for the American Red Cross.