Large law firms have a track record of stepping up to the plate and providing aid when major disasters strike. For example, back in spring 2008, several leading law firms made sizable donations to support China earthquake relief efforts.
Last night, a major earthquake — the worst in the region in more than 200 years, with a magnitude of at least 7.0 — struck Haiti. The death toll could climb into the hundreds of thousands. For more details and analysis, read this post by Elie over at True / Slant. (Elie has family in Haiti.)
The earthquake just happened, but law firms are already taking action. From a tipster at Paul Hastings:
Who says law firms are all bad? I’m happy to see that whatever bonus money I may miss come March is going to a good cause at least. PH donated $100,000 to earthquake relief.
Is your firm taking similar action? Feel free to let us know, in the comments. You can also make a personal donation in support of Haiti earthquake relief via Doctors Without Borders, the organization that Paul Hastings is supporting, or via the Red Cross (disclosure: ATL advertiser).
UPDATE: You can also donate $10 to the Red Cross simply by texting the word “Haiti” to the number 90999. See here.
The full Paul Hastings memo, after the jump.
PAUL HASTINGS — MEMORANDUM — EMERGENCY HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUND
Date: January 13, 2010
To: All Paul Hastings
Subject: Paul Hastings Cares Foundation, Emergency Haiti Earthquake Fund
The tragic consequences of the Haiti earthquake are almost incomprehensible to us. Our hearts go out to the families and communities that have lost so much. To help the survivors, the Firm has created the Paul Hastings Cares Foundation, Haiti Earthquake Fund.
Through this Fund, we have made a donation of $100,000 to Doctors Without Borders – Haiti Earthquake Response. We chose this organization because its global scope and effectiveness will deliver to the victims in Haiti the immediate assistance they need by providing health care where the local medical infrastructure has been devastated.
We encourage those of you who would like to help in this situation to make a donation as well, under the auspices of our Fund.
Tax deductible contributions may be sent to:
Emergency Haiti Earthquake Fund
c/o Paul Hastings Cares Foundation
Los Angeles Office
Haiti: It’s Not Fair [True / Slant]
Haiti Chief Says Thousands May Be Dead [New York Times]
$1.2 Million in Donations for Haiti, via Text Message [Bits / New York Times]
Doctors Without Borders [official website]
American Red Cross [official website]
Earlier: Humanitarian Crises in Asia: Law Firms Respond
Humanitarian Crises in Myanmar and China: What’s Your Firm Doing?