Greenberg Traurig Launches 2013 Community Service Week in New York

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Greenberg Traurig Launches 2013 Community Service Week in New York

Attorneys and staff in the New York City and White Plains offices of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, will take part in several events set to benefit area community organizations during the firm’s 2013 Community Service Week, June 10 to June 14.

“Providing pro bono legal services to the communities we serve has long been part of Greenberg Traurig’s mission,” said Warren J. Karp, Co-Managing Shareholder of the firm’s New York office. “Community Service Week has grown as an extension of that service and gives the entire staff a chance to roll up their sleeves and get involved with some fantastic organizations that serve our city.

“Community Service Week not only provides us with the opportunity to serve to the community in which we live and work, but also to get out of the office with our colleagues and engage in the spirit of giving back as a team,” Nancy A. Mitchell, also Co-Managing Shareholder of the New York office, added.

The firm launched the event today, Monday, with a breakfast benefitting Easter Seals New York. The firm will collect canned goods and toiletries for Easter Seals at the breakfast and throughout the week.

On Tuesday, the firm will host a panel of three GT Equal Justice Works Fellows who will discuss the legal challenges in helping low-income New Yorkers and crime victims, as well as highlight pro bono opportunities. Equal Justice Works is an organization that offers opportunities for law students and lawyers to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. Greenberg Traurig sponsors a number of Equal Justice Works Fellows each year. Also on Tuesday, volunteers will support the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) by watering, weeding, and building new compost bins for Intervale Green’s rooftop farm. WHEDco has worked for 20 years to build a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx.

On Wednesday, Greenberg Traurig will participate in the 3.5 mile J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The run benefits charitable groups in each of the 13 event cities in seven countries on five continents. Approximately $2M total has been provided to not-for-profit organizations in Corporate Challenge markets the past three years. The New York City chapter beneficiary in 2013 is the Central Park Conservancy. The firm will also host a reception to honor employees who make significant contributions to the community outside of work.

On Thursday, volunteers from the firm will play volleyball and spend time with residents of the Northern Manhattan Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a continuing health care facility that provides individualized care to residents.

Finally, on Friday, volunteers will participate in several events at P.S. 84 Jose De Diego Magnet School for the Visual Arts, including a park challenge with students (e.g., outdoor games) and assisting students in creating art projects and helping them prepare for Arts-travaganza - an exhibition of artwork created by the school’s young artists. Also on Friday, volunteers will play with and feed the animals, and help clean cages at The Humane Society of New York, which will offer a free medical clinic as well as an adoption center for cats and dogs.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 250. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

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