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How the Legal Community Is Helping in Haiti

In the wake of the horrific earthquake that struck Haiti, I wondered whether anyone in the legal community was organizing any relief or fundraising efforts of their own. Last night, I put out a call on Twitter for leads on Haiti relief efforts being organized by law firms or legal groups. I've also searched blogs and the Web. So far, I have not found much, but I am sure there is far more going on and I encourage readers to post any leads they have in the comments below.

One notable measure is the decision by Paul Hastings to donate a generous $100,000 to earthquake relief. As reported by Above the Law, the firm circulated a memo yesterday saying it had made the donation to the earthquake response efforts of Doctors Without Borders. "We chose this organization because its global scope and effectiveness will deliver to the victims in Haiti the immediate assistance they need by providing health care where the local medical infrastructure has been devastated," the memo said. The firm encouraged its staff to make donations of their own.

Through Twitter, I was pointed to Utah lawyer and Twitter user Bret Hanna (@brethanna), of the firm Jones Waldo. His partner at the firm, George W. Pratt, is on the board of directors of the organization Healing Hands for Haiti. It is not a law-related organization, but the message I received on Twitter said, "They could use some support."

That is all I found specific to the legal community. Please add others below. Meanwhile, I urge everyone to give generously to any of the many relief funds set up to help the Haitian earthquake victims. You can find plenty of information about them from any number of sources online. Here is a list of national, local and mobile funds from The Boston Globe.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 14, 2010 at 11:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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