October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and law firms did not exempt themselves as organizations in support of the global movement to end the disease. Many firms came together on a global level to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. U.S.-based firm Proskauer participated in the global movement, employing its worldwide branches to engage in various forms of support. The London group participated in the largest ever Tour de Law event, which kicked off in the U.K.’s capital to bring aid to the research behind breast cancer.
The race was conducted on October 28th and 29th, and attorneys from Proskauer joined with over 3,000 other legal professionals in the static cycle race. The race spanned the equivalent distance from London to Paris and back in 15-minute relay slots and took two days. The race consisted of 1,000km, or about 621 miles.
Proskauer’s London office Managing Partner, Tom Dollinger, stated: “We are delighted to be taking part in Tour de Law for the first time this year and are very much looking forward to coming together as an office for such a worthy cause.”
The organization funded by Proskauer’s efforts is Breast Cancer Care, and all proceeds raised aided the group. Dollinger added:
“We love a challenge at Proskauer, and I personally like opportunities where we can accomplish a number of objectives at one time. Tour de Law, first and foremost, enables us to support and raise money to pursue a cure for a disease that affects many people. Alongside that, we get to come together as a team and unite as an office – and what better way to do it than with some healthy, friendly competition that enhances the image of our profession? Finally, we get to improve our individual health and well being in a fun event. How could you not participate?”
Proskauer is no stranger to pro bono initiatives. The firm has participated in the 5th annual Her Justice: Story by Story stair climb event, in order to advocate legal protections for women against abuse; it has been honored with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 2014 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award; it has been recognized by the National Senior Citizens Law Center with the inaugural NSCLC Justice Award for its work on the Clark v. Astrue litigation; and Proskauer Partner Michael Kessler was among the recipients of the 2014 Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, presented by the New York City Bar on October 20.
The firm finished 9th fastest in the two-day cycle challenge.