At Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, we embrace responsibility for ensuring the firm’s actions have a positive impact on the communities where we live and work and on the world we call home. We recruit lawyers and professional staff members who reflect these beliefs and encourage them to take action through community and pro bono service. And, we accept the ongoing challenge of working to improve the world in which we live.

Volunteer Involvement, Charitable Giving, and Sustainability

  • Volunteer Involvement

    Service is one of our  core values and “giving back” is encouraged, supported and recognized by our firm. In the communities where we live and work, we do more than practice law. We roll up our sleeves and become truly involved.

    Office-based community service committees make it easy to volunteer by researching and organizing firm-sponsored service opportunities. Throughout the year, our lawyers and professional staff collect food for the hungry, participate in walks to support those with disabilities, build and repair homes for those in need, read to children in domestic abuse shelters, donate supplies to local schools in underprivileged areas, and much more. The following are just a few of the many organizations supported by our firm’s volunteer efforts:
    American Heart Association
    Dell Children’s Hospital
    Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas
    Gilda’s Club
    Habitat for Humanity 
    Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic 
    Houston Urban Debate League
    McMillan Cancer Support (London)
    North Texas Food Bank
    Second Harvest Food Network
    Shoe Box Campaign (Brussels)
    So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.)
    Vogel Alcove

    Our professional staff members are given two full days of paid leave each year to participate in local community service activities and up to a full week of paid leave to take part in disaster relief and rebuilding activities. Firm associates also may credit up to 25 hours of community service and disaster relief volunteer time toward their annual billable hours.

    Community service is recognized through our annual David F. Peters Community Service Awards. Named in memory of a former firm partner who was known for both his legal acumen and his commitment to service, these awards honor professional staff members who make exceptional contributions to civic and charitable organizations. Additionally, a monetary contribution is made to a specified charity in the award recipient’s name.

  • Charitable Giving

    At Hunton Andrews Kurth, we believe in sharing not only our volunteer resources, but also our financial resources. Annual donations to nonprofit organizations are broadly based and reflect the diversity of our lawyers and professional staff. They include support for pro bono agencies, the arts and environment, college scholarship funds and programs for at-risk young people, as well as for agencies that help the homeless, hungry, abused and those suffering from cancer, heart disease and AIDS. During the most recent calendar year, the firm made contributions to more than 180 national and regional philanthropic organizations, including the following: 

    American Red Cross
    A.W. Brown Education Foundation
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
    Children’s Law Center
    Covenant House
    Dallas CASA Inc.
    DC Bar Pro Bono Program
    Houston Food Bank
    Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
    Legal Aid Justice Center
    Massey Cancer Center
    Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
    National Park Trust
    Rebuilding Together, Inc.
    United Way

  • Sustainability

    Hunton Andrews Kurth has one of the world’s largest legal practices involving environmental, natural resource and global climate change issues. We recognize that it is in the best interests of our law firm, our people, our clients and the communities in which we live and work to embrace a “Triple Bottom Line” of social, economic and environmental responsibility. To that end, our Firm Green Initiative, supported by a broad-based committee of lawyers and professional staff,  is charged with continuously improving the firm’s environmental stewardship and energy efficiency, and reducing its environmental footprint.

    An Environmental Sustainability Policy helps guide the firm’s efforts and articulates a vision of environmental performance. This policy is built on six pillars—understanding our environmental footprint, tracking and reporting our progress, implementing best practices, engaging our people to raise awareness and promote a culture of sustainability, collaborating with our clients, and celebrating our successes.

    We host a variety of internal programs designed to help reduce our environmental firm’s footprint. We recycle paper, aluminum, glass, plastic and cardboard; encourage employees to work electronically and print double-sided; and purchase paper supplies with varying levels of post-consumer and/or recycled content. When possible, we reduce energy by using automatic light switches and water taps and reuse and recycle firm equipment and furniture. We also encourage videoconferencing and conference calls to reduce travel.

    To keep sustainability “top of mind” at the firm, we produce a quarterly Firm Green email newsletter and post green tips on the firm’s intranet home page and Firm Green webpage. We host annual office-based Earth Day celebrations, during which our employees take part in green trivia contests; enjoy organic food; participate in recycling and clean-up projects; and learn about green practices through educational emails, internet posting and speakers. We also actively solicit new ideas from our lawyers and professional staff to reduce our footprint, and  recognize and reward those whose suggestions are subsequently implemented by the firm.

    Hunton Andrews Kurth is a member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network, a nonprofit organization of law firms and legal departments committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility within their firms and throughout the legal industry. We also support Businesses for the Bay — a membership association affiliated with The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay that encourages businesses within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take voluntary and measurable actions to support protection and restoration of the Bay.