Verizon Is Honored for Its Pro Bono Work With Underprivileged High School Students
Friday, May 04, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal Market Watch
NEW YORK, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Verizon's legal department has received the Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Award for the department's pro bono work in teaching underprivileged high school students about the law and encouraging them to consider legal careers. Verizon received the award at the Street Law Awards dinner Wednesday night (April 25) in Washington, D.C.
Through Street Law's Diversity Pipeline Programs, Verizon's volunteers serve as role models to students by providing career education and hands-on experiences in the legal field. Volunteers also provided advice on how to get into college and assisted students with their applications.
"Our company credo calls for us to share our success with our communities, which is why our pro bono work is such an important part of what we do," said Randy Milch, executive vice president and general counsel of Verizon. "This award is a testament to the efforts of Verizon's volunteers, who took the time during an otherwise busy year to work on meaningful projects that made a real difference in the lives of students."
Verizon began its Street Law programs, which are part of the company's overall pro bono program, in Basking Ridge, N.J., Arlington, Va., and Chicago. Last year, the company expanded the programs to Southern California and Ashburn, Va., and it is considering a further expansion this year. Verizon volunteers taught students at six high schools lessons on contracts, intellectual property, employment law, advertising law, constitutional law, business law, identity theft and sports law. Last year, the program in Basking Ridge also included an appearance by New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
Verizon formally launched its pro bono program in November 2009, and by 2011, the program's second full year, 63 percent of Verizon's U.S.-based attorneys were participating. The program, which was expanded last year to include attorneys in other countries, is focused on, but not limited to, education, domestic violence awareness and prevention, and support for returning veterans.
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