In the Community

At Kelley Drye, we take pride in making a positive impact on our communities.  Whether through service or financial contributions, we support organizations that invest in every community where we operate.  Together, as a team, we raise money to battle major health challenges, support educational opportunities, and promote diversity and inclusion programs.  By championing these causes, we foster a culture of compassion, generosity and social responsibility.

Some examples of our community engagement follow:

  • Through the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the D.C. office partners with local school the Noyes Education Campus.  We coach and sponsor their GeoPlunge (a geography tournament) team and extend our support to students’ families by providing Thanksgiving dinners.  We also sponsor the school’s field day and cover the cost of buses for field trips throughout the school year.

  • Kelley Drye supports the Legal Aid Society in a variety of ways.  We support the Generous Associates Campaign with creative fund-raising events that have included a wine tasting led by a D.C. partner, engagement with Cabrini Green Legal Services in Chicago, and work on pro bono matters.  Our firm and our individual lawyers recognize and appreciate what the Legal Aid Society offers to those in our communities who need legal services or representation.

  • The Stamford office has been a great friend of the YMCA both through community service, such as reading to, mentoring and tutoring students in its after-school program, as well as through pro bono representation of the organization on real estate, governance and employee-related matters.

  • Led by an associate in our D.C. office, Kelley Drye competed in the annual Food from the Bar campaign to collect food and raise money for the Capital Area Food Bank.

  • We collect and assemble donations of clothing and household goods for Gifts for the Homeless, Allen Women’s Resource Center and Dress for Success

  • Lawyers play in the “Gridiron Games,” a touch football tournament benefiting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City. Armchair athletes take the field at MetLife Stadium, home of the NY Giants and NY Jets.

  • In 2015, attorneys and staff in all Kelley Drye offices stepped up to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, gleefully dousing partners with freezing cold water.  In Chicago, they wore suits!

  • The Women At KDW affinity group partners with the New York City Bar Association on  a Resume and Interview Workshop titled “Launching your Career: Professional Development & Networking Series for Undergraduate and Recent Graduate Women.” Young women gather at Kelley Drye’s New York office for a panel presentation on resume building, along with one-on-one sessions on interviewing techniques and job search strategies.

  • October 2016 marked our 17th consecutive year of participation in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Bake Sale/Raffle and a Kelley Drye team of walkers in the Making Strides walk to support breast cancer research.  Each year brings even more bakers, volunteers and walkers, as well as financial support.

  • The Cristo Rey network of schools offers a unique work-study program in 32 urban parochial schools throughout the nation that makes a college preparatory education affordable for financially disadvantaged students.  Kelley Drye sponsors students and provides an annual stipend to subsidize their tuition.

  • Since 1993 the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program has placed high-achieving inner-city high school students in jobs with legal employers for the summer. Kelley Drye’s New York office has participated in this internship program since 2014.

  • Kelley Drye is a strong supporter of the Lawyers Committee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) and its Job Opportunity Program.  Our former chair, John Callagy, is a trustee of ICSF. 

  • Kelley Drye also provides volunteer opportunities and sponsorship to:

    • BUILD New York

    • Lawyers Have Heart

    • Brooklyn Community Services

    • The United Way of Western Connecticut

    • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

    • CASA/LA

    • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
 

It’s a source of pride that so many of our people share their skills and time to benefit our communities.