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Corporate Social Responsibility

Where intention becomes action.

At LP, our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is more than a collection of initiatives. It’s a business strategy woven into the fabric of our culture and the work we do. 

Our CSR efforts are grounded in the values that unite us at LP. We care about people: our employees, our clients, our business partners, and our communities. We care about the planet and the kind of home it will provide for future generations. And we care about the effect our work has on the society in which we live.

LP’s charitable commitments support organizations with a strong multiplier effect, ensuring our contributions have the greatest possible impact on the community.

Social responsibility

Social responsibility means respect for people around us and our community as a whole. In addition to supporting attorneys who devote time to the community and civic organizations of their choosing, LP has a long-held policy of contributing a standard percentage of the firm’s revenue to charitable endeavors. In order to make the greatest impact, the firm focuses primarily on three programs: Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Job Training Programs, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, and Catholic Charities’ House of the Good Shepherd Program. In addition, LP sponsors beehives through our partnership with The Roof Crop.

Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Job Training Programs

Since 2010, LP has supported the job training programs offered by the Food Depository to support students working towards breaking the cycle of poverty. Job training programs have included Chicago’s Community Kitchens, a culinary training program. In 2020, when the pandemic disrupted the restaurant industry, the Food Depository pivoted and expanded its job training to meet the evolving needs of the community. Currently, the Food Depository has various training programs focused on hospitality, supply chain, warehousing, and logistics.

Not only do we support the Food Depository’s training programs through donations, we also support the Food Depository through volunteer days.

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

LP has supported the program in which high school students can gain real life work experience while earning money that directly goes toward their tuition. Our participation in the program enables the students to receive a college preparatory high school education at no cost, something the students would not otherwise be able to afford.

Nearly all the students who graduate from Cristo Rey are enrolled in a two- or four-year post-secondary institution. Given that these students are from a socioeconomically disadvantaged area of Chicago and are often the first of their families to be accepted to college, the success of the Cristo Rey program is transformative.

In 2023, we welcomed two students from the Corporate Work-Study program.

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Catholic Charities’ House of the Good Shepherd Program

The House of the Good Shepherd is a comprehensive transitional housing program for individuals with dependent children who are facing ongoing problems related to poverty, homelessness, isolation, debilitating trauma, and family abuse. With 14 family apartments and access to legal assistance, childcare, adult learning and financial literacy, and counseling, survivors are accompanied through their healing journey with a focus on economic security, housing permanency, and aftercare with other survivors.

The transitional housing and family violence recovery program helps clients step out of poverty, break the cycle of violence, and embrace a future filled with stable living and self-determination. In addition to its safe environment, the House of the Good Shepherd gives families a designated case manager to develop individualized service plans for success and support services, such as employment assistance, education resources, housing advocacy, economic assistance, counseling, and children’s services.

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The Roof Crop, in Conjunction with The Hive Supply

Levenfeld Pearlstein sponsors the installation and management of a beehive through our partner, The Roof Crop. We have learned that even small investments can have a huge impact. Most recently, the LP hive produced 12 lbs. of honey!

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Environmental responsibility

As environmental issues grow more pressing, it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to take the lead in reducing their environmental footprint. LP is proud to have been the first law firm in the United States to adopt the American Bar Association Model Commitment to Sustainability for a Law Organization. In fact, we helped draft it.

LP has taken concrete steps to assure that we help create a clean and safe environment and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

  • In 2023 LP moved to 120 S Riverside Plaza reducing its overall office footprint from 53,000 to 37,500 square feet.
  • The new office space has more natural daylight, reducing the need for electricity.
  • LP aims to be 95 percent digital. To encourage this, we’ve eliminated filing cabinets from offices reducing our reliance on paper.
  • We formed an internal Environmental Task Force, implementing recycling, energy conservation, and the use of environmentally friendly paper and other materials.
  • We work with clients to prosecute citizen suits under federal environmental laws and publish articles on how clients can go green, comply with environmental legal requirements, and file environmental citizen suits. (with help from James Brusslan, LP’s LEED-accredited environmental attorney)

Join our team. We’re always looking for committed, creative people to make a difference at our firm and in the world. We never stop learning and growing, and encourage our team members to do the same.