January 5, 2010 (Mountain View and San Francisco, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce a two-year financial commitment to Pride Law Fund—one of the oldest groups in the United States supporting legal advocacy, civil rights and education for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and persons with HIV and AIDS. This will mark Fenwick's fourth year of contributing to the Pride Law Fund (PLF) and its programs to promote LGBT rights through the funding of fellowships providing legal services, education and outreach.
"This generous contribution enables PLF to commit to a number of initiatives we would not have been able to undertake without Fenwick's support," stated Norman Carlin and Sherbeam Wright, co-chairs of the PLF Board. "As an all-volunteer organization, financial contributions go directly to our fellowship programs, including our summer fellowships for current law students and post-graduate fellowship for recent law school graduates. This will have a tremendous impact. We hope Fenwick’s leadership will spark other organizations to follow suit."
"PLF's programs, including the post-graduate fellowship, enable its fellows and their organizations to provide immediate legal services for issues that would otherwise be overlooked, therefore directly impacting the opportunities and rights of the LGBT community," said Kate Fritz, Managing Partner at Fenwick & West. "We proudly support this organization as it continues to sponsor work to develop legislative strategies and provide legal education on behalf of the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS in tandem."
In addition to the firm's financial contribution, Daniel Brownstone, Of Counsel in the Fenwick & West Intellectual Property Group, is a member of the PLF Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer.
About Fenwick & West
Established in 1972, Fenwick & West works closely with clean technology, life sciences and other technology companies that are changing the world through innovation. The firm has more than 30 years of experience crafting innovative solutions to the business challenges that arise at the intersection of technology and the law. Fenwick & West clients, who range from start-up ventures to global enterprises, value our attorneys' deep industry experience and understanding of their technologies. The firm is ranked by Minority Law Journal as one of the top five most diverse law firms in the United States.
About Pride Law Fund
Pride Law Fund promotes the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, and people living with HIV and AIDS, by funding fellowships for law students and recent law school graduates providing legal services and working on special projects, education and outreach. Pride Law Fund fellowships have supported interns at organizations including the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, American Civil Liberties Union, East Bay Community Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Urban Justice Center, Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services and many others, in locations ranging from San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York to Atlanta, Detroit, Phoenix and Portland, Maine. Now in its thirtieth year, Pride Law Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit, charitable organization.