Community Involvement by The Lanier Law Firm
The Lanier Law Firm takes seriously its commitment to give back to the communities it serves. Whether it’s promoting morality in the legal profession, supporting education, assisting with pet adoptions, or helping fund life-saving medical research, The Lanier Law Firm believes in good corporate citizenship. The Lanier Law Firm is consistently partnering with different non-profit organizations to help deserving individuals and communities in Houston, New York and Los Angeles. The firm’s attorneys and staff will put their work week on hold for one or more days to provide hands-on assistance to non-profit groups that are working to improve the lives of the less fortunate.
The firm has taken an active role in sponsoring the Alliance for Lupus Research, a charitable organization that utilizes 100% of the funds raised to support clinicians and researchers dedicated to the treatment and cure of lupus, a disease that affects and kills thousands of Americans, primarily young women, every year. The Lanier Law Firm led the corporate fundraising drive for the recent “Walk to Cure Lupus” in Houston. One of our former attorney’s wife has suffered from lupus for several years, and The Lanier Law Firm is proud to support her and all Americans in the fight to find a cure. Additional information on this wonderful cause can be found at http://www.lupusresearch.org/.
Advancing the cure for cancer is a commitment at The Lanier Firm.
The Lanier Law Firm’s Accounting and Human Resources Department teamed up with BARC, an adoption agency in Houston, Texas dedicated to pet adoption and a live release initiative. With the help of BARC, the Lanier Law Firm’s Accounting and Human Resources Department was able to host various pet adoption events in early November and July.
The Lanier Law Firm proudly supports The Bowery Mission, a non-profit organization that has provided food, shelter and services to poverty-stricken men, women and children in New York since 1879.
On Oct. 3, 2008, a group of attorneys and staff members from The Lanier Law Firm’s New York office volunteered at The Bowery Mission. After meeting mission staff members and learning more about the group’s services and goals, our team jumped in to help prepare lunch for guests. At the same time, others in our group helped sort donated clothing and shoes. In addition to providing food, shelter and clean clothes for thousands of people each year, The Bowery Mission also provides medical and counseling services to help clients improve their lives.
After helping serve lunch to hundreds of men and women, we decided to stay a little later than planned to help the mission staff get started on preparations for dinner. Our day at The Bowery Mission included talking with many of the men and women who rely on the mission every day. We’re looking forward to their stories of hope and the smiles on their faces on our next visit.
Founded by Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm, the Christian Trial Lawyers Association is the first organization of its kind in the country. “Our goal is to be an independent organization that advances Christian principles as they co-exist within the practice of plaintiffs work,” Lanier told Texas Lawyer newspaper. “I’d love the public to start associating trial lawyers with Christians.”
Mark Lanier sits on the board of trustees for the Committee for Economic Development, a group of business and education leaders committed to improving the growth and productivity of the U.S. economy, a freer global trading system, and greater opportunity for all Americans. The CED is an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to policy research on the major economic and social issues of our time and the implementation of its recommendations by the public and private sectors.
The Lanier Law Firm was a donor to the Houston Food Bank this year with two teams lending helping hands. The Asbestos Bankruptcy team and IT department, among others, donated both food and money to help support the Houston Food Bank.
The Lanier Law Firm is heavily involved in several aspects of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,which raises millions of dollars for scholarships annually. The Lanier Law Firm sponsored a calf in the Rodeo’s Calf Scramble. This event helps children from all over the state of Texas earn scholarship money that can then be used to help offset some of the cost associated with a his/her college education. These scholarships often assist children that may not otherwise have the ability to attend college. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo contributes more than 12 million annually to education. Currently there are 650 kids who are attending college on full scholarships that they received from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The firm also sponsored the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble Golf Tournament, in May. The firm had two teams on the links consisting of Ken Rhodes, Bill Barfield, Kyle Beale, Aaron Plumlee, Matt Worrall, Mikey Kruger, and Clay Fostel.
The Lanier Law Firm’s Dr. Bob Leone (attorney and the in-house trial psychologist), his wife Kelly, the young man who caught The Lanier Law Firm Calf, and his family at the 2011 Calf Scramble.
Dr. Bob Leone was allowed to go down on the rodeo floor in front of 75,00 screaming rodeo fans during the Calf Scramble.
The Lanier Law Firm is proud to support The Learning Center for Women in Prison.
Founded in the winter of 2003, LCWP’s mission is to work with women prisoners to create opportunities for successful community re-entry by offering leadership development and transitional academic counseling, and by partnering with an accredited college to offer incarcerated women a rigorous for-credit college curriculum. As a result of LCWP’s efforts, the first cohort of 11 women was admitted to the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) program at a medium security womens’ correctional facility in New York City, and began coursework towards an Associate’s Degree. BPI currently offers a Bard College education inside four New York state prisons. Established after the demise of publicly supported prison education in 1995, BPI is one of only a handful of existing programs of its kind left in the United States. For more information on The Learning Center for Women in Prison, click on the link to read a copy of the most recent newsletter.
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The 2008 Pro Bono Advocate Award presented by Legal Services for Children, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides free legal representation and social work services to children. We were presented with the award based on his efforts helping a 14-year-old boy from China who was abandoned by his parents and living homeless in Magnolia, Arkansas, while in the midst of a deportation trial in San Francisco. The boy was smuggled into the U.S. by human traffickers who repeatedly threatened to kill him if he did not repay a $70,000 indenture his father had agreed to on the boy’s behalf.
When the boy arrived in the US, federal immigration officials promptly arrested him and incarcerated him in California. Deportation proceedings followed shortly thereafter. We were brought in to help in the middle of the deportation trial. At the same time, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released the boy to the custody of his uncle in Arkansas. Unfortunately, within weeks, the uncle was bankrupt and moved out of state, leaving the boy homeless with nowhere to go. Working with the Rose Law Firm, we appeared in the Columbia County Court and asked that the State of Arkansas be ordered to provide shelter for the boy – over the state’s strong objections – and that the Court make findings under federal law that the boy had been abandoned, abused and neglected by his parents. Fortunately, the Court granted both requests. With the Court’s order, we were able to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile status on behalf of the boy, and the deportation proceedings were dismissed. The boy, now 17, is free and awaiting a green card. Legal Services for Children helps children in cases involving legal guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, emancipation and other proceedings.
We are not only committed to helping our clients and their families cope with the financial setbacks caused by chemical exposure. We have also assisted medical researchers in their search for a mesothelioma cure. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to finding a cure for mesothelioma is accumulating a sufficient number of patients to study. Because of our work on behalf of asbestos victims, our firm has sponsored a study conducted by the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center in Houston. The results of their work will be published in various medical journals.
The Lanier Law Firm is a proud supporter of The Midnight Mission, which has provided a multitude of services for disadvantaged individuals in the greater Los Angeles area since 1914.
On May 13, 2008, attorneys and staff from The Lanier Law Firm volunteered at The Midnight Mission kitchen, helping provide meals for hundreds of individuals who rely on the group’s services every day. In addition to helping prepare and serve meals, our team also met with The Midnight Mission staff to learn more about the group’s goals and the hardships faced by the homeless population in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. We also visited with many of the individuals who come to The Midnight Mission for assistance, and learned about how they are working to improve their lives.
The Midnight Mission’s objective is to work with homeless individuals and families to help remove obstacles to self-sufficiency while helping meet immediate needs like food, shelter and clothing. The Midnight Mission also operates a drug and alcohol recovery program that offers a bridge to self-sufficiency through counseling, education, job training and placement. The group also provides transitional housing for homeless families through its Family Housing Complex.
The Lanier Law Firm sponsors the debate program at Northland Christian School, helping to prepare students for competition in interscholastic debate and speech tournaments against both public and private schools in the state of Texas and nationally. The program fosters critical thinking and argumentative abilities, which are crucial to success in college and beyond. Critical thinking skills are central to understanding complex issues, forming beliefs/opinions, shaping decisions, and resolving controversies and conflicts.
The Lanier Law Firm is proud to support SIRE, Houston’s therapeutic equestrian centers.
Since 1983, SIRE has provided equestrian therapy to children and adults with a wide variety of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, mental retardation, developmental delay, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain Injury and spinal cord injury.
On April 23, 2008, attorneys and staff from The Lanier Law Firm in Houston volunteered their time on various construction projects at a SIRE property near Spring, Texas, including building three decks for homes located on the property.
Mark Lanier is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, which actively seeks and supports programs in need of financial and professional resources that encourage legal assistance to the needy, education of the public, and ethics in the legal profession. Fellowship in the Texas Bar Foundation is limited to 1/3 of 1 percent of licensed attorneys. In April 2006, the TBF board of trustees awarded $416,840 in financial assistance to Texas organizations that met the TBF’s mission. Of that amount, $168,000 was provided for the Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program, a joint project of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Bar Foundation. Thirty-five legal aid attorneys across the state are benefiting from the program. The remaining $248,840 was awarded to 13 organizations for their law-related projects.
In keeping with their dedication to Advancing the Cure, The Lanier Law Firm’s New York office made a $5,000.00 contribution to the Texas Children’s Hospital. This was specifically designated for children’s cancer treatment.
Mark Lanier donated $6 million to his alma mater, Texas Tech University School of Law, to help build a high-tech courtroom and multi-use facility on the school’s campus in Lubbock. It is the largest gift in the law school’s history. “Texas Tech gave me the legal foundation that has allowed us wonderful chances to work in courts around the country,” Lanier told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Lanier graduated from Texas Tech University’s law school in 1984.
Read about Mr. Lanier’s contribution to the Texas Tech University School of Law in Texas Tech Today.