For Immediate Release - May 03, 2011

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Food Drive Competition Raises Over 377,000 Pounds of Food; Law Firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Wins Second Annual Award

Food and funds collected will provide over 290,000 meals to those struggling with hunger in the Commonwealth

BOSTON - Yesterday, Attorney General Martha Coakley presented the second annual Legal Food Frenzy Cup to law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., the defending champions who also won the Cup in 2010. Staff at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. collected the equivalent of, in food and funds, 730 pounds of food per capita and raised the equivalent of nearly 22,500 pounds of food overall. Attorney General Coakley also announced that the Massachusetts legal community raised the equivalent of, in funds and food, over 377,000 pounds of food during the two-week Legal Food Frenzy, a benevolent competition to raise food and funds to benefit the four Massachusetts food banks. The food and funds raised during the drive will provide over 290,000 meals to people in need.

"The dedication and generosity of the legal community in this friendly competition will provide over 290,000 meals to hungry residents who are struggling to put food on the table," said Attorney General Coakley. "Congratulations to Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. for winning the Legal Food Frenzy Cup again this year and thank you to all the other participants for joining us in this competition. We are delighted that we were able to expand this effort statewide and look forward to working with the Massachusetts food banks, bar associations and the legal community in the coming years to continue our mission of fighting hunger in the Commonwealth."

Over 60 legal organizations from eight counties across the state were recruited to participate in this competition. The participants collected food items and donations from Monday, March 28, 2011 to Friday, April 8, 2011-a traditionally slow time for donations. While the first annual Legal Food Frenzy was piloted in the Greater Boston area and benefitted only The Greater Boston Food Bank, the Legal Food Frenzy was expanded in 2011 to benefit all four Massachusetts Food Banks- The Greater Boston Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank, and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. These four Food Banks serve more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that help feed hungry families across the Commonwealth.

Several other legal organizations were awarded in a number of other categories:

  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP was awarded for 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Large Firm'
  • Ropes & Gray LLP was awarded for 'Most Raised Overall by a Large Firm'
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. was awarded for 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Medium Firm'
  • Cooley LLP was awarded for 'Most Raised Overall by a Medium Firm'
  • Crowley & Cummings, LLC was awarded for 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Small Firm' and 'Most Raised Overall by a Small Firm'
  • New England School of Law was awarded for 'Most Raised Per Capita by a Law School' and 'Most Raised Overall by a Law School'
  • Bingham McCutchen was awarded for 'Most Actual Food Collected'
  • Murtha Cullina LLP was awarded for 'Most Actual Food Collected by a Medium Firm'
  • Sugarman & Sugarman, P.C. was awarded for 'Most Actual Food Collected by a Small Firm'
  • Plymouth County Bar Association was awarded for 'Most Raised Overall by a Bar Association'

The Legal Food Frenzy was organized by the Attorney General's Office in partnership with numerous local bar associations including: Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Attleboro Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Bristol County Bar Association, Dukes County Bar Association, Fall River Bar Association, Hampden County Bar Association, Hampshire County Bar Association, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, New Bedford Bar Association, Plymouth County Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, Taunton Bar Association, Women's Bar Association, and Worcester County Bar Association.

The following legal organizations participated in the 2011 Legal Food Frenzy:

Alekman DiTusa, LLC

Attleboro Bar Association

Bacon Wilson, P.C.

Badger Legal Group

Berman DeValerio

Beveridge & Diamond PC

Bingham McCutchen

Boston College Law School

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP

CampoBasso Law Office

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

Cooley LLP

Crowley & Cummings, LLC

Edward M. Moriarty, Jr. & Associates, P.C.

Essex County District Attorney's Office

Ferriter & Ferriter LLC

Fierst, Pucci & Kane LLP

Finbury, Sullivan & Benger, P.C.

Fletcher Tilton PC

Foley Hoag LLP

Fragomen, Del Ray, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Gesmer Updegrove LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Harbor Law Group

Keches Law Group, P.C.

Keegan Werlin LLP

Lawson & Weitzen, LLP

Lian, Zarrow, Eynon & Shea

Massachusetts School of Law - Student Bar Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association - Division of Legal Services

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Milton, Laurence & Dixon

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Moses Smith & Markey, LLC

Murtha Cullina LLP

National Labor Relations Board

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

New England School of Law

Northeastern University School of Law

Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP

O'Connor, Carnathan and Mack LLC

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Pabian & Russell, LLC

Phi Alpha Delta at Northeastern University

Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP

Plymouth County Bar Association

Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service - Suffolk University Law School

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

Robinson & Cole LLP

Robinson Donovan, P.C.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Roth & Associates, LLC

Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C.

Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

Taylor, Duane, Barton & Gilman LLP

The Committee for Public Counsel Services

The Law Offices of Thomas M. Libbos, P.C.

Todd & Weld LLP

Western New England College School of Law

WilmerHale

Worcester Law Library (Trial Court)

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