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Citizenship Program overview

Community Investment

Our Community Investment initiative builds awareness within Hogan Lovells and with our clients and other stakeholders, and enables constructive action by our people on behalf of the local communities in which we operate and work. We support and develop projects that focus on issues of poverty and exclusion in our communities. The strength of our community affairs work lies in the excellent relationships we have forged with partnering agencies and local community leaders. This helps us to ensure that our community work is relevant, well executed, and sustainable within Hogan Lovells’ many local communities.

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Angel's Home VisitAsia and Middle East

Angel's Home is a nongovernmental orphanage taking care of homeless and disabled children. Colleagues from our IP team in Beijing visited Angel's Home and took the children to a nearby indoor amusement park, E-kids Island. All of the fifteen children were of age three and under, and some were affected by disabilities.

The children were timid in the beginning and even cried when their caretakers did not accompany them. However, after we gave them some love and comfort, either with hugs or songs, they quickly learned to accept us. Although the original plan was only to take the kids to the amusement park, our colleagues were reluctant to leave and decided to stay to help with dinner. We expect to work with the orphanage again in the near future.

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Warsaw Book DonationsEurope

Our Warsaw office worked with a primary school in Mikołajki to provide its library with extra books. The schools in the rural regions often do not have enough funds to buy new editions of books that are needed for everyday education of children. Therefore, our library and know-how manager was in close contact with Mikołajki's primary school librarian. They both agreed on a list of books, beautifully illustrated stories, and fairy tales that would be bought using the collected funds.

Our Warsaw staff also organized a book collection to benefit the Mikołajki library. All the Warsaw staff members were asked to bring in any unwanted books that were up-to-date, in good condition, and interesting for other readers.

In addition, during conversations with Przymierze Ziemia Piska - an organization located in Mazury that helps disadvantaged children learn social and vocational skills - we discovered that its various therapies could be enhanced with the addition of computer skills, but the problem lay in the fact that they had insufficient computers for the task.

We also donated three computer set-ups to enable more computer-based vocational skills lessons for the disadvantaged children.

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Red Cross TranslationsEurope

Our Alicante office has a group of English/Spanish translators and interpreters on its team, so the initial idea of this collaborative project with the Red Cross consisted of providing free translations in a timely manner, covering various languages and areas such as the translation of catalogs, advertising campaigns, liaison interpreters for minority groups, translation of legal documents, and PowerPoint presentations for regional meetings.

Our sworn/certified translators offered a helping hand to this initiative. However, the Red Cross informed us that some other translations were very simple and could be carried out by the remaining members of our team. Therefore, some other Alicante office volunteers joined this project, and the number of languages available for the Red Cross project increased to include English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Swedish, and Dutch.

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Barclays Legal and Business Skills Volunteering EventsUK and Africa

In conjunction with Barclays, our London office designed and co-delivered two bespoke legal and business skills events for secondary school children aged 11 to 16. Combined, these events involved 26 volunteers from Barclays and Hogan Lovells. The volunteers either participated in the networking skills practical session, helped to facilitate the students' preparation, or acted as panelists to judge the winning team.

The events included networking skills lessons and an "X Factor"-style negotiation workshop. The aim of the sessions was to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to succeed in the business and legal sector. They took part in practical activities to develop networking, negotiation, communication, and teamwork skills. Volunteer lawyers from Hogan Lovells and Barclays provided feedback and advice as well as interesting insights into their own careers.

Through the negotiation workshop, the students gain experience in dealing with unfamiliar issues and develop confidence in expressing their ideas in a logical, analytical, and objective way - all vital preparation for both university and job interviews.

In addition, the London office created and co-hosted a Legal Skills Day with Barclays and Aspiring Solicitors. The full-day event attracted more than 350 student applications via Aspiring Solicitors. The event was part of Barclays' bankwide Make a Difference Day campaign, which aims to help 5 million young futures achieve their ambitions, and has helped us to formalize our Citizenship connections with our strategically important client. The students take on a broad variety of tasks, each aimed at developing skills needed for life as a successful lawyer.

Hogan Lovells Chair, Nicholas Cheffings, said before the event: "This is a very important event - for a client that is very important to this firm and for the students attending the course who might otherwise not get an opportunity to enter our profession. That makes it very important to us. We support Aspiring Solicitors because we want to help them make a difference."

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London Volunteers Honored at First Community Investment Recognition AwardsUK and Africa

The London office recently held its first-ever Community Investment Recognition Awards to acknowledge the contributions of those lawyers and staff who have made a substantial time commitment to the various Community Investment programs in London. In addition, the awards recognized the contribution of three individuals who had been nominated by others for having gone above and beyond in their support for Community Investment.

One of the winners was lauded for his work at PC Pals, a program run in partnership with St. Luke's Community Centre that helps to develop the IT skills of local, disadvantaged residents. The volunteer has been supporting PC Pals since 2011 and during this period, he has helped many elderly people from the local community gain confidence in using a computer and the Internet. This program has the further added benefit of helping to tackle the social isolation some elderly residents experience. 

Over the past six months, the London Community Investment program has helped 12 people to find employment, worked with 1,662 school children to increase confidence and raise aspirations, worked with 21 people in Spanish and English to improve their IT skills and allow them to keep in touch with their family and friends through the Internet, taken 100 students to the Houses of Parliament and 28 to the Bank of England, and cooked nutritious meals for 61 people, among other initiatives. 

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Volunteers Help Ensure Students Heading Back to School Have Necessary SuppliesAmericas

This summer, a team of volunteers in our Washington, D.C. office filled nearly 500 backpacks with essential school supplies and donated them to local schools in need. The office raised funds to purchase the backpacks and supplies through a jeans day, game of bingo, gift card raffle, and a "pledge-a-pack" drive, which allowed people to donate $10 for a backpack and enclose a card for the student. Close to 40 volunteers then worked together to fill the backpacks with the much-needed
school supplies before sorting them for delivery. Another team personally delivered the sacks to Glassmanor Elementary, Barner Elementary, Brooklyn at Bunker Hill Elementary, and William Paca Elementary - all in the Washington, D.C. area - where they received heartfelt thanks from grateful teachers and students.

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Spotlight on AmsterdamEurope

The Amsterdam office works closely with JINC, a nonprofit organization that promotes career aspirations in young people. In association with JINC, the office recently held its annual Career Day event for primary and secondary school students. Throughout the day, members of the firm worked with the students to teach them about careers in the legal sector and familiarize them with an office setting. The second half of the day featured a mock trial complete with a judge and legal gowns. The students acted as legal counsel in a wrongful termination suit and made their case before the Hogan Lovells "judge." At the end of the day, the students wrote themselves a letter detailing their experience and their future career aspirations.

A lawyer in the Amsterdam office has also acted as a mentor for a group of four students aged 16 and 17 in partnership with JINC. JINC's mentoring program, Knowing What You Want, provides students with a mentor who helps them to make informed decisions about their education and future career paths. The mentor met with students for 45-minute sessions during which the students explored their strengths and weaknesses, thought critically about their prospects, and set personal and professional goals for the future. The students who took part showed tremendous growth throughout the program, and the Amsterdam office hopes to engage more lawyers to act as mentors in the future.

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Helping Volunteers Find EmploymentUK and Africa

On 28 May 2014, volunteers from our London office assisted the Islington Law Centre volunteers with their job applications. There is a team of dedicated volunteers working at the Islington Law Centre who provide advice and assistance to local residents. Each of these volunteers is in the early stages of their legal career, and our volunteers worked with them to provide advice in relation to their application forms and resumes, helping them to find employment in their desired areas.

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Children's Card Stalls Sell Out in LondonUK and Africa

On 20 May 2014, the five teams from our Business, Enterprise and Employment (BEE) program came together to sell cards for our local and global Touch charities in London. The children gained fantastic entrepreneurial experience while raising money for a very good cause.

The BEE program aims to equip young people with the tools and knowledge that will support them in their financial futures, covering key components of the National Curriculum. Volunteers from our London office attend between one and six sessions over a six-month period, leading a series of workshops aimed at primary school children, which focus on financial knowledge, enterprise, and employability.

 

 

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Sweat Equity Day Benefits Those in NeedAmericas

On 1 May 2014, a team of 20 volunteers from our Washington, D.C. office participated in a Sweat Equity Day to help assemble a new affordable housing facility on behalf of So Others Might Eat (SOME). The affordable housing facility, located in Southeast Washington, D.C., will provide 43 efficiency apartments to those in need. Our team spent the day levelling and hanging signs, installing doorbells, assembling furniture, and transporting items, among other tasks.

SOME, our former local Touch charity partner in Washington, D.C., helps people get off the streets, transform their lives, and live independently through programs, job training, and housing for homeless families and single adults. The Washington, D.C. office continues to volunteer with SOME regularly through their lunch service program and other events.

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