Foley & Lardner LLP, an international law firm with 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices, together with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is proud to announce today that it has signed a national partnership supporting the youth development organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, rooted in its commitment to promoting safe, positive and inclusive environments for all. Foley is the first law firm to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on a national scale.
Together as partners and thought leaders, Foley and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will elevate the powerful message of diversity, equity and inclusion, and activate the potential of kids, Clubs and communities to build more inclusive and equitable futures.
“As the nation’s leading youth development organization, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply ingrained in our mission and is critical to empowering youth to realize their full potential,” says H Walker, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “This new partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Foley & Lardner further emphasizes this important work, and will enable our organization to drive greater impact in the lives of youth across the country.”
Through Foley’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the firm committed to provide outreach to the communities in which the firm practices, with a focus on providing support to advance equity for Black communities that have been historically under-resourced. All of Foley’s 21 offices across the United States will partner and engage with their local Clubs on initiatives that include mentoring, read-aloud programs, school supply drives and playground improvement projects.
This national partnership builds on and continues the work that Foley and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been doing regionally together for the last few years.
“We look forward to expanding our work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the kids they serve. The work Boys & Girls Clubs of America does every day is part of the change needed to provide equitable opportunity to all,” says Jay O. Rothman, Chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner. “The partnership fits seamlessly with Foley's culture and mission. We are proud to support a program that completely complements Foley’s strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Through this partnership with Foley, Boys & Girls Clubs of America will advance its diversity, equity and inclusion initiative, which offers inclusive and culturally relevant programs and resources that help nurture and elevate youth voices. The initiative includes a focus on racial equity as an imperative effort to reach its overall vision.
In addition to the direct work with the children, Foley also engages in pro bono work for Boys & Girls Clubs of America on legal matters, including human resources and employment, real estate and corporate non-profit issues that will allow local Clubs to offer more programs to a broader range of children.
Foley & Lardner LLP looks beyond the law to focus on the constantly evolving demands facing our clients and their industries. With approximately 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices across the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia, Foley approaches client service by first understanding our clients’ priorities, objectives and challenges. We work hard to understand our clients’ issues and forge long-term relationships with them to help achieve successful outcomes and solve their legal issues through practical business advice and cutting-edge legal insight. Our clients view us as trusted business advisors because we understand that great legal service is only valuable if it is relevant, practical and beneficial to their businesses.
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. More than 4,700 Clubs serve over 4.6 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter.