Community Service

Community Service

PS 146 of East Harlem

  • Fried Frank has a special relationship with PS 146 in East Harlem. In May 2007, the Firm was chosen to be the first law firm paired with a New York City Public School under a new program organized by Volunteers for Legal Services. P.S. 146 is an enormously successful "barrier free" school, meaning that it is open to all students regardless of special needs. Fried Frank assists the students' families with certain legal problems (namely issues relating to immigration, access to public benefits, and guardianship) that impact the students’ ability to attend school. Additionally, in June 2009 the Firm’s associates and summer associates hosted the fifth graders from the school and led them through the preparation of and participation in a mock trial based on a well-known fairy tale.

Habitat for Humanity

  • Fried Frank summer associates have participated in Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for needy families.  Up to twenty Fried Frank summer associates spend a day or more at a work site, doing everything from painting walls to hanging plasterboard and laying tiles.

School Without Walls

  • Dedicated to providing a "quality student-centered environment that maximizes integrative, interactive, experiential learning" Washington, DC's School Without Walls is a non-traditional high school that uses the city as its classroom.  Several attorneys from Fried Frank's Washington, DC office have worked in partnership with the school to mentor and coach students participating in citywide mock trial tournaments.  In addition, Firm attorneys have organized other activities including a career day, tutoring program and tours of local courts and historic sites.

New York Cares

  • The Firm's New York office participates in the annual New York Cares Coat Drive, which matches donated coats with homeless New Yorkers in the winter months.
  •  Summer associates also volunteer for New York cares, doing projects such as painting a mural in an inner city public school.