November 16, 2005

In the days after Hurricane Katrina roared onto land, the attorneys and staff of Much Shelist joined together in a show of support for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast whose lives had been devastated by this natural disaster.

The firm quickly initiated an internal donation drive, with a commitment from the Management Committee to make a partial matching contribution. Between August 31 and September 7, we collected significant funds from attorneys and staff, allowing the firm to make a generous donation to the Red Cross—Katrina Relief Fund.

Much Shelist has also partnered with Chicago-Kent College of Law and Northwestern University School of Law to create a special internship program for students from New Orleans who have been displaced by the storm. With the goal of providing much-needed income, as well as valuable work experience, we have created two new part-time positions to be filled during each semester of the 2005-06 academic year. "When I learned that approximately 50 New Orleans law school students had temporarily relocated to Illinois after the storm, I immediately recognized another opportunity for Much Shelist to offer support," said Real Estate Associate Jason LaBella, who suggested the internship program. "We hope to not only help address the financial concerns of these students, but also provide them with a meaningful learning experience."

While at Much Shelist, the students will have an opportunity to garner hands-on experience in either the Business & Finance group or the Litigation group. The internships will also help them gain an overall impression of life in a midsized law firm and become integrated into their temporary homes in Chicago.