Hogan Lovells Supports London School Visit to the White House

LONDON, 13 March 2012 - Hogan Lovells is supporting the visit by 12 pupils from Islington-based Elizabeth Garret Anderson Secondary School to the White House, in Washington, DC. The party departed for the U.S. on Saturday 10 March 2012.

Elizabeth Garret Anderson School has a long established relationship with Hogan Lovells and it was visited by Michelle Obama during her recent visit to London.

The pupils were invited to the White House, in a visit that coincides with that of Prime Minister David Cameron, to take part in a female leadership programme recently launched by Hillary Clinton. They will also be meeting and debating with pupils from Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, a school supported by Hogan Lovells' Washington D.C. office for many years through the running of run law day programmes.

Hogan Lovells' London office helped to fund-raise more than £1,300 in support of the trip through a charity cake bake and Wii bowling tournament, in addition to providing a monetary donation and support in coordinating travel arrangements. Hogan Lovells Community Affairs Officer Lynne Peabody is accompanying the pupils on their visit.

Hogan Lovells has been supporting  Elizabeth Garret Anderson School for the past two years through its after-school debating programme, Debate It!, which aims to improve pupils' oratory, writing and reading skills; as well helping them to develop their knowledge of current affairs, critical thinking skills and confidence. Hogan Lovells volunteers make weekly visits to the school over a 30 week period in order to teach public speaking and debating skills to year 5 & 6 pupils, culminating in an inter-school competition hosted by Hogan Lovells.

Commenting on the trip Yasmin Waljee OBE, Hogan Lovells' International Pro Bono and Community Investment Manager, said:

"Our approach to community work is based on a real understanding of the needs of our local community and translating the resource we can deliver into effective outcomes. EGA serves an area of significant social disadvantage and is one of the most deprived schools in the UK, with over half of the children attending entitled to free school meals. We have been supporting the school for some time now and are pleased to be able to help give the girls this once in a lifetime opportunity."


Notes to Editors

Hogan Lovells' community investment programme includes:

  • part funding a Business Link Coordinator at St Luke's Community Centre to tackle the most pressing social issues within EC1
  • running an after-school debating club, Debate It!, in four local primary schools
  • participating in HRH Prince of Wales' Mosaic Network UK mentoring programme, which works with primary schools, secondary schools and young offenders to support and empower young Muslims
  • providing pro bono legal advice to ParalympicsGB
  • working alongside the Royal British Legion (RBL) to provide free representation to disabled RBL members and their families when appealing decisions by the Ministry of Defence on compensation and pensions
  • working with charities, Eaves Housing and Anti-Slavery International to combat the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry
  • working with Kalayaan, a charity looking after the needs of domestic workers who are brought into the UK, mostly legally, and then treated as slaves and often sexually and physically abused. Hogan Lovells works to get compensation for the workers from their employers through applications to the Employment Tribunal
  • giving London schools access to the law through the Ladder to Law programme, offering interactive workshops, open days, essay and a three-day work experience programme
  • Holding an inspirational careers fair 'Steps to Success' to introduce primary school children to a range of professional careers.

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