Volunteer Days

Posted by Editor Kristi Heidel

The following contains excerpts from Staci Zaretsky, Biglaw Firm Will Pay Associates & Staff to Take a Day Off and Volunteer, Above the Law www.abovethelaw.com (Jun 14, 2017).

For some associates in Biglaw there’s nothing more important than billable hours. For others, there’s nothing more important than giving back to the community. One firm has made performing community service easier for those who would rather be billing hours and even more appealing for those who already plan to give up free time to volunteer.

O’Melveny & Myers has started a new program that makes it easier for all eligible employees across its 15 global offices to live up to their goal of being a good world citizens by giving them a paid day off to volunteer.

Beginning July 1, 2017, O’Melveny’s “Giving Back” program will allow its employees to volunteer with a qualifying nonprofit organization on a cause important to them without having to sacrifice their billable hours.

Rochelle Karr, director of the O’Melveny CSR program, said:
“O’Melveny is one of only a few large law firms to have a dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, which unifies the firm’s community involvement programs, scholarships and mentorships, veteran initiatives, charitable giving, sustainability efforts, and pro bono legal work.

So many of our corporate clients have these wonderful, dedicated CSR programs that make a real difference in their communities and for their employees. We saw an opportunity to build on the values that O’Melveny holds at its core by patterning our CSR program after our clients’ and working with them on shared causes.”

George C. Demos, the firm’s chief operating officer, said of the “Giving Back” program “[it] provides opportunities for each of us to make a difference, both locally and globally,” and that it is “consistent with O’Melveny’s values and is inclusive of all the ways we give back, including legal services, volunteerism, and sponsorships.”

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