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Legal Aid’s Generous Associates Campaign Raises $1.79 Million, Smashing Previous Record!

Legal Aid is delighted to announce that our Generous Associates Campaign has raised $1.79 million for Legal Aid – smashing last year’s record total of $1.475 million.

More than 4,000 people from 85 law firms came together for the Campaign, which will fund more than a quarter of Legal Aid’s budget over the next year. Each year, Legal Aid helps thousands of D.C. residents save their homes from eviction and foreclosure, reach safety from domestic violence, access unemployment and other public benefits, and more.

“This is an unbelievable organization that has earned the support that it gets from the law firm community,” Honorary Campaign Chair Seth Waxman of WilmerHale said. “It’s the legal aid organization that is setting the standard for others.”

Some highlights from this year’s campaign include:

*For the first time, the Campaign had three six-figure firms, with Williams & Connolly ($101,000) joining Latham & Watkins ($187,000, pictured above) and WilmerHale ($135,000).

*Of the 70 firms who participated in both 2016 and 2017, a whopping 44 raised more than last year.

*First-time participant in the 1-50 attorneys category Wilkinson Walsh raised $43,000.

*In addition to our three top firms, eight more raised at least $10,000 more than last year: Covington & Burling, Venable, Perkins Coie, Skadden, Orrick, Willkie Farr, Steptoe and Sidley Austin all raised at least

$10,000 more than last year

*And perhaps most memorably, Buckley Sandler’s partners took several pies to the face on the way to a record $25,000 campaign

We especially congratulate our Top Firms, including the following who won their respective categories (by firm size):

Latham & Watkins

Williams & Connolly

Mayer Brown

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Miller & Chevalier

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz

We also extend a special thank you to our Outstanding Generous Associates! – the more than 650 non-partners who gave at least $285 to the campaign in honor of Legal Aid’s 85th Anniversary.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the D.C legal community this summer,” Eric Angel, Legal Aid’s Executive Director, said. “There are thousands of people who cannot afford a lawyer but truly need one who will benefit because of this campaign.”

Full campaign results, including the Top 5 firms in each category, have been published on our website. From all of us at Legal Aid, thank you for making this the most successful Generous Associates Campaign ever.

 

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