Making a difference in our communities

Giving back inspires us. From California to Beijing, Paris to Dusseldorf, our lawyers and staff work together to make a positive impact on our local communities.

The award-winning Orrick Cares program features dozens of events each year in the communities where we live and work. A few of the ways we are making an impact include:

Helping Kids Learn

We have long-standing partnerships with schools in underserved communities, from Harlem’s Storefront Academy to Sacramento’s Oak Ridge Elementary School and San Francisco’s Bessie Carmichael Elementary School. Our Hong Kong team collaborates with Bring Me a Book and the Zion Social Services Centre to inspire young readers. We also volunteer at the Shanghai Yueliang Children Mental Development Centre, which serves autistic children.

Racing for a Cause

There’s no better way to test your team’s commitment than a 36-hour, 200-mile charity relay race. We’ve completed eight together, from the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon to the Bourbon Chase across Kentucky to Northern California’s Golden Gate Relay. Along the way, we’ve raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as Organs R Us, Court Appointed Advocates for Children, and Soles4Souls, among others. We’re thrilled that our clients often join us.

Our German team participates in the Herzlauf Hilden Run, a race to support a children’s hospice in Düsseldorf. Our Paris team runs together in races that benefit causes such as Action Against Hunger, the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre and la Parisienne. In honor of a colleague, our Portland office participates in the annual Portland Brain Tumor Walk. We also perennially field one of the largest teams for the annual Doggy Dash to benefit the Sacramento SPCA – a much-loved tradition in our Sacramento office.

The Spirit of West Virginia

When it comes to community spirit, our Global Operations Center team in Wheeling, West Virginia, leads the field. Give them a community challenge and they’re on it, from the “Clean Crawl,” which brought together teams of volunteers to paint curbs and plant flowers throughout Wheeling, to the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon’s “Run for a Reason.” Our international IT team took some time out during a recent retreat in Wheeling to upgrade the Youth Services System computer system, and paint and set up a recording studio. We’re also proud to support local initiatives such as Show of Hands, a quarterly community dinner that educates residents about ways to get involved with creative projects in Wheeling.

Meeting Basic Needs

For nearly two decades, our Bay Area teams have devoted the month of April to working with Rebuilding Together to renovate and repair homes for elderly homeowners in the Bay Area. Members of our Los Angeles team volunteer at the Los Angeles Food Bank and contribute to the Los Angeles Mission Homeless Shelter. Our Sacramento, Los Angeles and Orange County offices have successfully completed several construction projects with Habitat for Humanity.

Our Community Service Award

Every year we celebrate members of our team who go above and beyond in their communities. Recent Community Service Award winners include:

Keith Tidwell, Compensation & Benefits associate, San Francisco, was incredibly active in transactional advising for several diverse nonprofits and social enterprises that ultimately led to significant community impact in the West Oakland area.

Gabriel Vealle, IT Support, Dusseldorf, who has organized and participated in charity concerts with the Family of Peace Gospel Singers, a choir Gabriel founded six years ago, supporting causes of children with cancer, families who require special needs, and those who are in hospice care.

Steve Johnston, Business Continuity Coordinator, Wheeling, who coordinated and volunteered for the Challenge Wheeling Youth Services System Scavenger Hunt, participated in the Relay for Life and organized two Red Cross Blood drives, among many other activities.

Mandy Perry, Employment Law Of Counsel, London, who is Deputy Chair of the Board for a local state-run school and nursery that serves a diverse and disadvantaged community.

Kris Greene, Senior Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, San Francisco, who organized a beach cleanup in partnership with the California Coastal Commission and is the spirit behind our San Francisco office’s partnership with Rebuilding Together.