August 02, 2012
Latham & Watkins raised $80,000 in this year’s Generous Associates Campaign, helping the Legal Aid Society to mark its 80th Anniversary year in Washington, D.C. The Campaign, co-chaired by Latham & Watkins associate Danny Dominguez, set its own record and exceeded its $800,000 Anniversary goal, raising $901,000 during the two-month campaign. Last year, the Campaign raised a then-record $782,000.
Eric Angel, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia said: “We are so grateful for Latham & Watkins’ extraordinary fundraising prowess during this year’s Generous Associates Campaign. We greatly appreciate the efforts of so many generous Latham associates (and partners and counsel and staff) who accomplished this feat – far surpassing last year’s already impressive performance. Legal Aid’s efforts to make justice real for persons living in poverty in D.C. have been tremendously enhanced because of the firm’s outstanding achievements during the Campaign.”
Of the effort, Dominguez noted: “Legal Aid provides such critical legal services to D.C.'s most vulnerable residents. I’m proud to see that our colleagues are continuing to carry on our tradition of generosity, and it is gratifying to see this campaign end on a very high note.”
Legal Aid Board Member and Latham partner David Dantzic added: “The need here is great. I’m so proud not only of the tremendous efforts at Latham & Watkins, but also at the fact that the entire law firm community here in D.C. has stepped up to help. Addressing the challenges that face those in need in our community requires all of our continued support.”
The annual Generous Associates Campaign of Legal Aid is a fundraising campaign run by associates at Washington, D.C. law firms city wide. Although contributors to the campaign are comprised of associates, partners, staff, and the firms themselves, it is a campaign that allows the true generosity of the associates in our community to come through in spectacular fashion. The Generous Associates Campaign allows Legal Aid to continue to provide free legal services to the neediest members of the D.C. community in the areas of family/domestic violence, housing, public benefits and consumer law.
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who could not otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. Over the last 80 years, Legal Aid has helped tens of thousands of District residents obtain meaningful access to justice.