Attorney General Martha Coakley's Food Drive Competition Raises Over 350,000 Pounds of Food; Law Firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Wins 1st Annual Award
Food and funds collected will provide nearly 180,000 meals to those struggling
"The hard work and enthusiasm of the legal community has yielded the equivalent of an impressive 350,000 pounds of food that will benefit many people in our state who are struggling to put food on the table," said Attorney General Coakley. "Congratulations to Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. for winning this year's Legal Food Frenzy Cup and thank you to all the other participants for joining us in this competition. We look forward to working with The Greater Boston Food Bank, local bar associations and the entire legal community in the coming years to continue the success of the Legal Food Frenzy and carry on our mission of fighting hunger in the Commonwealth."
"We are grateful to the Attorney General's Office for spearheading the Legal Food Frenzy, and we are grateful to the legal community for its enthusiastic participation at a time when so many people need our help. The 8,040 pounds of food donated and $83,892 of funds raised will provide nearly 180,000 meals to those in need throughout eastern Massachusetts," said Catherine D'Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank.
The Massachusetts Legal Food Frenzy is a benevolent competition within the legal community to raise food and money for The Food Bank. The Legal Food Frenzy was organized by the Attorney General's Office in partnership with numerous local bar associations. Law firms and law schools competed in a two week campaign to see who could collect the most funds and food.
Several other legal organizations were awarded in a number of other categories:
- Harvard Law School was awarded for 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Law School' and 'Most Raised Overall by a Law School.'
- Crowley & Cummings, LLC was awarded for 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Small Firm' and 'Most Raised Overall by a Small Firm.'
- Cooley Godward Kronish LLP was awarded for 'Most Raised Overall by a Medium Firm'
- Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. was awarded for 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Medium Firm.'
- Greenberg Traurig, LLP was awarded for being 'Most Raised Overall,' 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Large Firm,' and 'Most Raised Overall by a Large Firm.'
View JPG photos from today's presentation of the 1 st annual Legal Food Frenzy Cup to law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.:
- Attorney General Martha Coakley presents Tony Froio (right), Managing Partner of winning firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., and Partner at the firm, Chris Sullivan, with the Legal Food Frenzy Cup.
- Representatives from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., winners of the 1st Annual Massachusetts Legal Food Frenzy, with Attorney General Martha Coakley and the coveted Legal Food Frenzy Cup. From left to right are Alan McKenna, Chris Sullivan, Cindi Capobianco, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Tony Froio, Mark LaConte, Gayle Fulks and Bill Collis.
The Attorney General's Office recruited over 40 law firms and law schools to participate in this event, and the participants collected food items and donations during the campaign period, March 1 to March 12, 2010-a traditionally slow time for food donations.
All food and funds collected will go to The Food Bank to benefit hungry families across the eastern part of the state. Many bar associations from across the Commonwealth partnered with the Attorney General's Office to sponsor the Legal Food Frenzy including the: Asian American Lawyers Association of MA, Boston Bar Association, Mass. Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Mass. Black Lawyers Association, Mass. Black Women Attorneys, Mass. Lesbian and Gay Bar Association and Women's Bar Association. For more information, please visit the Attorney General's Legal Food Frenzy site.
A recent Hunger Study released by the GBFB found that an estimated 571,600 low-income people are served annually by Massachusetts food banks, which marks a 23% increase since the 2006. 571,600 is roughly 9% of the state's population. Food banks in Massachusetts serve 101,400 weekly. For more details on the Hunger Study, visit the GBFB's website.
Founded in 1981, The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and distributes over 31 million pounds of food per year to approximately 600 hunger relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts.
The following law firms and law schools participated in the Legal Food Frenzy:
Berman, Devalerio, Pease, Tabacco, Burt & Pucillo
Beveridge & Diamond PC
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Bowditch and Dewey, LLP
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Corwin & Corwin, LLP
Crowley and Cummings, LLC
Deutsch William Brooks DeRensis & Holland, PC
Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley Hoag LLP
Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Keegan Werlin LLP
Laredo & Smith, LLP
Lawson & Weitzen, LLP
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
McDermott Will & Emery
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Moriarty & Associates, PC
National Labor Relations Board
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
O'Connor, Carnathan, and Mack, LLC
Pabian & Russell, LLC
Petrucelly, Nadler & Norris, PC
Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP
Robinson & Cole, LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Rubin and Rudman LLP
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC
The McCormack Firm, LLC
Todd & Weld LLP
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Boston University School of Law
Harvard Law School
New England School of Law
Northeastern University School of Law
Suffolk University Law School