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Dykema Raises $17,000 For Haitian Relief Effort

February 22, 2010

In response to the tragedy in Haiti, leading national law firm Dykema has raised more than $17,000 dollars to assist with Haitian humanitarian relief efforts.

When the earthquake struck Haiti last month, Dykema quickly mobilized, collecting donations from offices throughout the country as a part of the Jeans for Charity fundraising campaign launched in September 2009. Jeans for Charity aims to promote awareness and support of new local charities each month. Through this voluntary program, employees who make discretionary donations to local charities may elect to wear jeans on a designated day. Employees in each of Dykema's 10 offices nominate deserving charities in their respective communities and ultimately select one to receive their donations. The American Red Cross was nominated as the charitable organization to receive the more than $17,000 in Haitian Relief funds raised.

"Dykema has a proud tradition of improving the quality of life for the underserved in our local communities and the world around us. The economy has affected everyone, particularly the neediest among us.  As a firm and as individuals, we have continued to help charitable organizations to meet unprecedented demands that they face,"said Rex Schlaybaugh, Dykema's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "As soon as we got word of the tragedy in Haiti, our employees championed this initiative in order to provide a meaningful contribution to the relief efforts. Our thoughts are with all who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy."

Shaped by the input of its attorneys and staff, Jeans for Charity provides Dykema employees an important opportunity to give back to a variety of local nonprofits in their communities during the course of the year.

Since Jeans for Charity's inception in September, 2009, Dykema has garnered support for two dozen organizations among the firm's 10 offices with total donations exceeding $27,500 dollars to date.