Community Service

Firmwide Season of Service

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the people who live in the communities in which we have offices. Through pro bono legal services, community service efforts, and the MLA Foundation, the firm supports both individuals and organizations by means of generous charitable donations and untold hours of volunteer activities.

As attorneys, we recognize that we have a duty to help ensure each person has equal access to the justice system regardless of his or her ability to afford representation. From coast to coast, we give people a chance to improve their lives by rendering free legal services, often in partnership with local service providers such as the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the Children’s Law Center and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

Individually we serve in leadership positions as board members and committee chairs for organizations that are supporting critical needs on a daily basis. Each MLA office has its own tradition of civic service. In Atlanta, we build houses every year with Habitat for Humanity and in Washington, DC we raise money and run for the American Heart Association’s Lawyers Have Heart 10K. In San Francisco, we touch up the paint on senior community centers and in New York we spread hope to the homeless through coat drives. We assemble care packages for our troops in Los Angeles, we assemble care packages for our troops, food boxes for the hungry in San Diego, and toys for underprivileged children in Denver

Together with our clients, MLA seeks out and encourages opportunities to give back.  We believe this commitment to our neighbors in need helps to enhance the experience of working with and for the firm, and ensures that our communities receive the critical support they need to thrive.

Holiday Spirit of Service

The holiday season provides another opportunity for MLA to continue its tradition of service.

Hammering Home the Point of Service

Since 2003, MLA has pounded nails in our Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver and Washington, DC communities to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.  Across the firm, dozens of MLA volunteers enjoy the tradition each summer of putting down their pens and picking up a hammer for the cause.

In 2008, MLA commemorated Atlanta Habitat’s 25th anniversary by sponsoring and helping build its 1,000th Habitat home. More than 40 MLA attorneys, staff, and guests volunteered on the third day of the eight-day historic build. Following the completion of that project, a special reception featuring former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter was held to commemorate the occasion.

In 2010, Atlanta partnered with clients TriMont Real Estate Advisors and Wells Fargo for a seven-day build, and Washington, DC took part in Buildable Hours, a project with that partners law firms with local Habitat for Humanity organizations.

San Francisco - Friendly Competition for A Good Cause

In 2010, MLA San Francisco participated for the eighth straight year in The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Food from the Bar community service campaign to support the San Francisco Food Bank.  The campaign puts local law firms in competition with each other each spring to see who can collect the most food, money and hours “billed” by volunteers.

MLA San Francisco raised $6,355, donated 41 pounds of non-perishable food items and volunteered for 42 shifts at the food bank, earning them the coveted “Gold Partner” status for the second consecutive year and ensuring that the Food Bank has the critical resources to provide more than 18,000 additional meals this year.

Key to the firm’s ultimate success was an intra-office rivalry staged within the campaign’s competition.  MLA associate volunteers grouped other MLA volunteers into six teams to compete for the most money raised, food donated and volunteer hours “billed.”

The Food from the Bar campaign is the most successful fundraiser for the Food Bank, which provides 29 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy protein, nutritious dairy products and other groceries to San Franciscans in need.  Thanks to the generosity of the San Francisco legal community, the Food Bank will be able to provide an additional 1.3 million meals this year.

Community Service Involvement

"HandsOn Network thrives with partners such as McKenna Long & Aldridge who have a passion and commitment to their local communities. For the last several years, we have supported MLA offices around the country in their fall season of service projects, helping them engage their employees in meaningful volunteer work to improve their communities.  It’s been a fantastic partnership. We applaud MLA's commitment to service."

Amy Smith
HandsOn Network

"Ninety percent of homeless adults need a new coat each winter because they have no place to keep one over the summer months, and thousands of New Yorkers are forced to choose between buying a coat or putting food on the table. I'm grateful to our team members who came downtown on a freezing December night to volunteer in a dusty warehouse to help those less fortunate."

Chris Graham
Managing Partner
MLA New York

“We truly enjoy our new partnership with Clagett Farm, which is an extension of our long-term commitment to Capital Area Food Bank and to providing food to the hungry in the Washington Area. By working with these two organizations, we have the opportunity to put our volunteer efforts into the entire process of feeding the hungry — from nurturing the gardens that produce fresh vegetables to sorting and packaging food that goes to front-line agencies feeding those in need.”

Pat Manson
Office Administrator

“Community service is one of my passions, and I volunteered to help lead so that I could share this passion with my colleagues. It was so inspiring to see our Atlanta office come together to support these great programs. It really showed that our professionals and staff are dedicated to helping those less fortunate in our community, a quality that makes MLA such a wonderful firm."

Ashley Tenney
Business Development Manager
MLA Atlanta 

“When we have the opportunity to give back as colleagues, we not only contribute to those in need but we also strengthen our working relationships. From the Food Bank to Operation Gratitude where we send care packages to troops to Habitat for Humanity, we look forward to each of the diverse service projects each year as an opportunity to grow together as we meet the needs of others.”

Janice Moore
Regional Office Administrator

"We are especially proud of the San Francisco office's efforts this year because of the current economic climate. The teams really went all out when it came to having in-office fundraisers like breakfasts, raffles, lunches, and auctions, resulting in another great year with Food From The Bar."

Hong Le
MLA San Francisco