ACT can mean several things. To “act” is to make something happen. And the acronym ACT stands for “all come together.” Our ACT initiative does both things. Each year the firm – lawyers and staff – chooses organizations to support in our communities. With those organizations, we make something happen. Our ACT initiative was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King. He said:
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
We take Dr. King’s words to heart. In 2015, we focused on creating and strengthening community. We volunteered with seven organizations, including 826 Michigan (Ann Arbor), Midtown Assistance Center (Atlanta), Breakthrough (Chicago/Lake Forest), SM Wright Foundation (Dallas), Young Consultation Services (New York), De Marillac Academy (San Francisco), and SisterMentors (Washington D.C.).
For 2016 we have been focused on justice and the rights of all beings, including animals. We’ve volunteered with Aspiration of Life to send care packages to military men and women who are stationed abroad; we’ve adopted animals and donated shelter supplies to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; we’ve provided guidance on immigration paperwork to the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center; and we’ve completed renovations and provided financial support to a domestic crisis shelter (A Safe Place) and an advocacy center (Family Violence Appellate Project).