Fair Chance Honors Hogan Lovells for Pro Bono Service to Washington, D.C. Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C., 18 March 2011 – Fair Chance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in Washington, D.C., recognized Hogan Lovells as the 2011 Community Champion of the Year at Fair Chance's annual Graduation Ceremony.

With the belief that every child in the District of Columbia deserves the same opportunity to succeed, Fair Chance provides free, year-long training and capacity building services to nonprofit organizations that support local children and youth. Since 2002, Fair Chance has built a network of more than 50 innovative partner organizations that provide programs in the region's most resource-deprived neighborhoods.

Hogan Lovells was recognized for its steadfast commitment to the local nonprofit community through an innovative partnership with Fair Chance that dates back to November 2008. As part of this partnership, lawyers provide pro bono services on a wide-range of legal matters including: developing employee manuals, negotiating leases, securing intellectual property rights, and updating bylaws for nonprofit organizations.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to the D.C. community and these remarkable organizations serving local children and youth," said David Winter, partner in Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C. office who leads the team of lawyers assisting Fair Chance and its partner nonprofits. "Fair Chance is an innovative organization that provides critical services to other local nonprofits and this partnership has been a wonderful opportunity to utilize the wide-ranging capabilities of our lawyers to give back to the D.C. community."

Fair Chance has supported 50,000 children and youth in the district through its partner network, and Hogan Lovells has provided lawyer support that translates to more than $230,000 in pro bono legal services. This support has helped the nonprofit organizations to rise to their potential and continue to be effective in providing vital services to youth and families in the region's underserved communities.

"We are thrilled to have the chance to recognize Hogan Lovells for their incredible work helping Fair Chance and nearly a dozen of our partner organizations," said Maria Nagorski, Fair Chance Executive Director. "They truly embrace the idea of neighbor helping neighbor. To the dozens of Hogan Lovells lawyers that have assisted the Fair Chance network, we send you our heartfelt thanks."

More than 100 community, corporate, and nonprofit leaders attended the event, which also celebrated eight new partner organizations that graduated from Fair Chance's training program. In successfully completing this program, these local nonprofits strengthened the foundation of their organization, secured new resources to fund their work, and improved their management, finance, and operational systems.

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