Larkin Hoffman is committed to serving the communities in which we work. One of the most rewarding services we provide our community is legal services to those of limited means. We encourage all legal personnel to provide pro bono services and consider these services to be part of our practice.
Larkin Hoffman was one of the first 14 firms to sign on to the voluntary Minnesota State Bar Association Pro Bono Standard. As a leader in our profession, we commit to providing 2% of the firm’s billable hours to assisting individuals and organizations dedicated to addressing the needs of persons with limited means.
The firm’s attorneys are active members of chambers of commerce and city councils, and serve on the boards of local universities, hospitals and museums. Our employees have consistently participated in organizations such as The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the National MS Society, Bridging and the American Cancer Society. We do well by doing good, as this spirit of dedication and teamwork makes for a positive work environment and plays a vital role in successfully fulfilling the needs of thousands of clients. We are very proud of the community organizations we serve.
Recent Community Service Involvement
Pride Parade 2017
On June 25, 2017, more than 50 Larkin Hoffman employees and their family members participated in the 2017 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in Minneapolis. Participants walked the parade route in support of Twin Cities Pride, the group’s mission and members of the Twin Cities’ GLBT community.
“Larkin Hoffman has made a strong commitment to diversity and has a long history of supporting community organizations,” Bill Griffith, president of Larkin Hoffman, said.
“I’m glad that we had such a strong turnout from firm employees, their friends and family members,” Amanda Matchett, who organized the firm’s involvement in the parade, said. “We’re proud to have been one of 140 groups to march in support of Pride.”
Twin Cities Pride is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit serving the region’s GLBT community. The organization’s mission is to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues and celebrate achievements in equality.
19th Annual Bedrace for Bridging
Larkin Hoffman employees and their family members participated in Bridging Inc.’s 19th Annual Subway® Bedrace for Bridging event held Saturday, March 4 at Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minn. Members of the firm’s team raised $500 for the organization.
Hundreds individuals and 110 teams participated in this year’s event, which raised more than $80,000. The proceeds benefited Bridging Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Bloomington, Minn. that donates furniture and household items to needy families. Bridging is the largest furniture bank in North America.
Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On January 16, 2017, Larkin Hoffman partnered with Second Harvest Heartland, for the third consecutive year, in an effort to help feed hungry families in the upper Midwest. Employees of the firm and members of their families spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day sorting and packing food at the organization’s Golden Valley warehouse.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland,” said Glenna Gilbert, chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. “Dr. King actively fought to end hunger and poverty and we’re grateful that we’re able to honor his legacy by continuing his fight.”
During the afternoon, 25 volunteers from the firm packed 3,840 pounds of food. The food was then distributed to stock local food shelves that feed children, working adults and seniors who don’t have enough to eat. In addition, several of the firm’s employees made financial donations to Second Harvest Heartland.
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest food banks delivering more than 80 million meals a year to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Second Harvest Heartland was founded on Oct. 1, 2001, when Second Harvest Greater Minneapolis and Second Harvest St. Paul merged after decades of separately fighting against hunger.
Victoria Dutcher and Muna Omar Recognized for Human Rights Outreach, Community Involvement
Larkin Hoffman is proud to congratulate two of its law clerks who were recently recognized for their international humanitarian work, local community leadership and academic accomplishments.
Victoria Dutcher, a student at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, was awarded a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowship in Human Rights and Law by the human rights organization, World Without Genocide. Victoria’s work focuses on monitoring persecuted religious groups in Burma and developing outreach to human rights groups operating in that country. This is the second year Victoria has been honored with the fellowship.
Muna Omar, a student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, was awarded the Judge Michael Davis Scholarship by the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, a bar association for minority attorneys in Minnesota. Muna was awarded the scholarship for her work in the community and academic achievement, as well as for demonstrating how her work advances the mission of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
“We are proud of the achievements and recognition of both award recipients and delighted to be associated with these remarkable law students,” Bill Griffith, president of Larkin Hoffman said.
Larkin Hoffman Partners with Salvation Army for Fifth Year of Bell Ringing
For the fifth consecutive year Larkin Hoffman employees partnered with the Salvation Army to raise nearly $5,400. More than 40 Larkin Hoffman volunteers and their families helped kick off the annual fundraiser by staffing red kettles located at Mall of America entrances on Saturday, Nov. 19.
“It is a source of pride throughout the firm that we can assist the Salvation Army in its fundraising efforts,” said Bill Griffith, president of Larkin Hoffman. “Bell ringing on kickoff day is an annual tradition that we will look forward to for many years to come.”
In five years of fundraising, Larkin Hoffman volunteers have brought in more than $25,000 during the Salvation Army’s red kettle kickoff day. The firm has also provided direct financial support to The Salvation Army over the course of the partnership.
"The Salvation Army is grateful for Larkin Hoffman's ongoing support of our red kettle kickoff," said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division." Your many hours of volunteering have brought in tens of thousands of dollars, and helped us bring the hope and joy of Christmas to people in need in our community.”
The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing season will run through the evening of December 24, 2016. One two-hour shift at a red kettle can raise enough money to provide a week’s worth of groceries for a family of four. To learn more information about The Salvation Army and the organization’s efforts, click here.
Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On January 18, 2016, Larkin Hoffman honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by partnering with Second Harvest Heartland in the fight to end hunger. Employees of the firm and their families sorted and packed food at Second Harvest Heartland’s warehouse in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
“Larkin Hoffman has always had a strong commitment to give back to our community,” said Tamara O’Neill Moreland, chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. "We are grateful to be honoring Dr. King through service, which we believe is consistent with and furthers Dr. King’s vision.”
Larkin Hoffman’s 32 volunteers helped pack 4,382 pounds of food. Their efforts helped to stock local food shelves that feed children, working adults and seniors who don’t have enough to eat. In addition, several of the firm’s employees made financial donations to Second Harvest Heartland.
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest food banks delivering more than 74 million meals a year to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The organization helps relieve hunger not only by sourcing, warehousing and distributing food, but through data-driven thought leadership and community partnerships that help improve the region’s larger hunger relief system. Larkin Hoffman is truly proud to partner with them for our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.