Individually and collectively, we at Leason Ellis strive to contribute back to the community. Many of our attorneys are involved in pro bono work on behalf of various organizations. The following is a representative sample of some of those organizations.
We are proud to be working with the Pro Bono Partnership to provide pro bono business legal advice in intellectual property matters to nonprofit organizations. The Partnership provides nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York with free, expert business legal advice they cannot otherwise afford, enhancing their capacity to improve local communities and provide essential programs for the poor and disadvantaged. You can learn more about the Partnership at www.probonopartnership.org.
As part of our continuing commitment to supporting the arts community, we are especially happy to partner with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA). Through VLA, our practitioners have the opportunity to work on arts-related pro-bono matters for low-income artists, non-profit arts organizations and, more recently, small inventors through a partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. To learn more about VLA and its educational programs, please see www.vlany.org.
We are also pleased to be working with Kids X-Press, a not-for-profit organization based in Westchester County whose mission is to promote literacy among children. Through workshops available to after school programs and youth organizations and through the publication of a magazine written by children for children, Kids X-Press encourages children of all abilities to express themselves and learn how to communicate to the public. Read more about the organization at www.kidsxpress.net.
We are honored to be working with the Tails of Hope Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the field of veterinary medicine and helping to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases affecting companion animals and people, on their Finding One Another project. The purpose of the Project is to gather historical data for a 10th Anniversary Tribute to the Canine Search & Rescue Community of 9/11, including contributions in the form of pictures and stories relating to the valiant efforts and sacrifices that were made by of all of the SAR, Veterinarians, VMATS, and other human-canine teams during and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 at the remains of the World Trade Center, Freshkills Landfill, the Pentagon, and in the fields of Pennsylvania. Read more about the organization at www.tailsofhopefoundation.org and the project at www.findingoneanother.org.
The elephant population in Africa has tragically collapsed as these beautiful animals have been killed for their ivory. Elephants can live for as long as people. They live in large family groups, and communicate over vast distances like whales using subsonic communication. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of Save the Elephants, is part of a long tradition of naturalists who worked in East Africa studying the great wildlife there. Iain and his wife Oria founded Save the Elephants to bring the plight of these magnificent animals to the attention of the world. During the course of the last 50 years, Iain and Oria have been able to get governments across the world interested in saving elephants. They have been the prime movers in implementing a worldwide ban on ivory sales. At Leason Ellis, we have helped Save the Elephants obtain registration for several trademarks and continue to advise them on IP protection. See www.savetheelephants.org to get involved.
Veteran’s Rowing & Kayaking Program is a non-profit volunteer organization in Connecticut founded to support our military Veterans that suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other health related issues. Veteran’s Rowing healing and wellness programs are designed especially to help Veterans with addressing these and many other health problems. By teaching wounded veterans, the organization helps people who served our country with honor regain their independence. We are honored to have helped Veterans Rowing obtain IP protection for its trademarks. See www.veteransrowing.com to donate to this worthy organization.