Lawyers Have Heart Boston is a charity event that raises funds for the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association. Proceeds go to research, advocacy, and CPR training for the organizations that fight against these diseases. It is a way for lawyers to get involved in the community and promote better health. Organizers hope to raise $2 million by 2020, but can always use help from individuals like you! To learn more about Lawyers Have Heart Boston, read the article below.

WilmerHale team at Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race

The WilmerHale Boston office recently participated in the 7th Annual Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race, where they finished in 10th place overall among participating organizations. The race benefits the American Heart Association, an organization that supports the mission of building healthier lives. Team members raised more than $3,000 to support the American Heart Association and the overall cause, which is to promote heart health.

The WilmerHale team members who ran in the race are members of the K and P practice group and include Stephanie Molina, Brian Hause, Al DeNapoli, Hannah Slaga, Emily Shanahan, and Rick Breed. Each person on the team wore a shirt commemorating their participation in the race. WilmerHale is proud to sponsor this annual event.

Thorud’s involvement in the legal community

Ms. Thorud is the Director of Marketing at Davis Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. She was recently honored as a 2018 Excellence in the Law honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Since joining Davis Malm in 2003, Ms. Thorud has held various leadership roles, including serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Boston Local Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Boston Small Firm Shared Interest Group and Marketing Group Co-Chair for the International Lawyers Network. Joanne Thorud’s involvement in the Boston legal community extends beyond her work with a firm; she has run in the Lawyers Have Heart Boston 5k for seven consecutive years, and she recently served on the Advisory Committee for the 2017 Brand Yourself Conference.

Law firm’s participation in the race

Major law firms have begun increasing their efforts to increase diversity within their workforce, so it is no surprise that law firms have also followed suit. Companies in other industries are actively working to diversify their workforce to attract a new market, and they don’t want Al Sharpton to call them racist, either. Other major companies are seeking diversity by hiring foreign workers from countries with a lower standard of living. While the goals of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance are admirable, some firms have resisted these efforts and have been cynical about their own diversity goals.

The inclusion of diverse attorneys in law firms has been a major challenge for decades. In addition to the inclusion of diverse lawyers, law firms are also unable to recruit and retain diverse lawyers because of the implicit bias of their decision-makers. This implicit bias has a significant effect on career development and client contact opportunities. In addition, a law firm’s participation in diverse races may result in discrimination. So the race to hire diverse lawyers needs to be reimagined.

Fundraising for the American Heart Association

The annual lawyers’ charity 5K, Lawyers Have Heart Boston, has raised over $2 million for the American Blood Centers and the American Stroke Association. All proceeds will benefit research and advocacy for better health. The event also provides free CPR training to participants. Those in attendance are encouraged to fundraise. Attorneys and law students from Clark Lau LLC are invited to take part in the event.

A team from Schmidt & Federico, along with members of other local law firms and professional firms, recently participated in the 14th annual Lawyers Have Heart 5K road race in Boston. The event brought together 920 runners and raised $291,780 to support the American Heart Association. Team captain Erin Caher was proud to represent the firm’s team and to help spread the word about heart disease and stroke.

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