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Community Service

In addition to Cravath’s pro bono work, our lawyers and staff participate in a variety of volunteer community service projects.

From reading programs, to food drives, to job preparation programs, Cravath staff members and lawyers volunteer their time to many of our city’s most noteworthy not-for-profit organizations, as listed below:

Through Volunteers of Legal Service, Cravath has established relationships with both the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in Manhattan. In both instances, Cravath lawyers and legal assistants work with doctors and social workers to provide pro bono legal assistance to patients and their families.
Since 1990, Cravath has been participating in a yearly food drive for Encore Community Services, located at St. Malachy’s Church. Encore provides assistance to more than 14,000 senior citizens annually through a variety of programs and supportive services.

In February 2005, Cravath began another partnership with Encore Community Services. Cravath employees volunteer each Friday at Encore to serve hot meals to the elderly citizens of the Times Square/Midtown Community.
Cravath participates in the Power Lunch Program, in which Firm employees read with a child from P.S. 51, a local elementary school, on a weekly basis. The program helps children improve their skills and become enthusiastic readers.
Since 1989, Cravath has participated in the Transitional Employment Program with Fountain House, an organization dedicated to the recovery of those suffering from mental illness. Cravath offers program participants six- to nine-month positions at the Firm as a means of reintroducing these men and women to the work environment. Through their work experience at Cravath, Fountain House members gain self-esteem, recognize their talents, develop new relationships and earn wages to supplement their limited government benefits.
Our support for the Fresh Air Fund arose out of the September 11th tragedy when the Cravath, Swaine & Moore September 11 Relief Fund made a contribution to the Fresh Air Fund to support its Camping Weekends for the children and families who lost a close relative on September 11th. In addition, Cravath established an ongoing scholarship program for children who suffered the loss of a close relative, allowing them to participate in the Fresh Air Fund’s summer camp. Since then, Cravath has continued to provide a number of volunteer services to the fund. For example, we participate in “Camp Clean Up Days” at a Fresh Air Fund camp in Fishkill, N.Y. We prepare the camp for opening day at the beginning of the season and help winterize the facilities at the end. We also participate in the Counselor for the Day program by visiting with the campers and joining in activities such as arts and crafts and field games. In addition, Cravath participates in the Fresh Air Fund’s Job Shadowing program, in which a group of students visits our New York office to learn about the many career opportunities available to them within a law firm.
Cravath London supports Jeans for Genes, a U.K. charity that raises money for children with genetic disorders. On the annual Jeans for Genes Day, businesses and schools across the country participate by wearing jeans to work or school and by making a donation. Contributions go toward funding for the care and support of children with genetic disorders in addition to the research being conducted to better their futures.
Since 2001, Cravath has participated in the Legal Aid Society’s holiday party for homeless children. The Firm collects toys, books and games for the children and donations to help pay for the party. Volunteers from Cravath participate before, during and after the party.

In 2006, Cravath participated in a Legal Aid Society book drive benefitting a project initiated by Manhattan Juvenile Rights. We collected 500 books for children of all ages to help provide a reading room for children involved in Family Court.
Cravath participates in a holiday gift program sponsored by New Alternatives for Children, a not-for-profit organization serving children with medical disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. The organization’s goal is to enable these children to remain in, or return to, their homes whenever possible. Firm employees choose gift tags containing a child’s name and gift wishes, then purchase the gifts listed on the tag. Cravath helps to ensure that every needy child in New Alternatives receives a present for the holiday season.
Cravath is active in the Prep for Prep program, which identifies intellectually talented students from low-income minority group backgrounds, prepares them for placement in leading independent schools and provides a sense of community, peer support, post-placement services and a range of leadership development opportunities. In addition to providing financial and volunteer support to the program, the Firm hires Prep students into meaningful positions during the summer, giving them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and gain exposure to the professional workplace.
Cravath participates in a co-op program that gives local high school juniors and seniors the chance to gain valuable work experience. The students alternate on a weekly basis between working at the Firm and attending school.