Katten Cares

At Katten, we are committed to using the resources of our firm to enhance the communities where we live and work. We created the Katten Cares initiative to unite all of our office volunteer programs and charitable giving activities, and to promote a culture of service by creating opportunities to give back.

In addition to performing pro bono legal work, our attorneys and staff participate regularly in community service projects and fundraising efforts led locally in our offices, and devote countless hours to helping their communities outside of Katten. Many of our professionals also serve as board members or in other leadership roles for nonprofit civic and charitable organizations.

Through Katten Cares, with funding from the Katten Muchin Rosenman Foundation, Inc., we invest in our communities by contributing to more than 300 charitable and nonprofit organizations annually. From major cultural events to medical research to disaster relief, Katten sponsors a variety of programs that support education, arts and culture, health and welfare, and human rights.

In particular, our partnerships with local schools help students succeed academically and prepare them for continued success in the future.

  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School serves low-income and minority youth on the southwest side of Chicago. Katten is part of the school’s innovative work-study program, which places students in office-based jobs with income earned disbursed directly to the school to defray tuition costs.
  • Katten partners with Chicago’s Jose de Diego Community Academy on programs designed to improve students’ literacy, increase their use of technology, and encourage and reward academic achievement. Katten attorneys and staff engage in diverse activities with the school, including tutoring and reading programs, the Lawyers in the Classroom program, and a holiday book drive.
  • In 2013, Katten teamed up with LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) and The Law Project to open a legal clinic to assist low-income families of students enrolled at Jose de Diego Community Academy. Believed to be the first legal clinic in a public school in Chicago, the clinic operates on site at de Diego on the third Wednesday evening of each month, and is staffed by attorneys from Katten, LAF and The Law Project who provide free legal advice and services in a variety of areas, including public benefits, expungement, housing issues, consumer law, family law, small business and wills. In its trial period, the clinic was a resounding success, and as a result has been opened to the broader community. On any given evening, volunteers have worked with five to 15 clients.
  • For more than 10 years, associates from Katten’s New York office have served as coaches and mentors for the Townsend Harris High School Moot Court/Mock Trial Team. Students at Townsend come from diverse backgrounds and are known for their high level of academic achievement. Katten associates teach team members how to read legal opinions, structure legal arguments, and conduct direct and cross examinations.
  • Katten’s Los Angeles office partners with the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Youth Internship Program, which places low-income, urban high school students from the Los Angeles area as paid interns at law firms, businesses and government agencies. 
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