Akin Gump Receives KIPP LA Schools Choice & Commitment Award

(Los Angeles) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is the recipient of this year’s Choice & Commitment Award from KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) LA Schools, a nonprofit organization that operates high-performing elementary and middle public charter schools in South and East Los Angeles.

Akin Gump will be honored for its long-standing commitment to KIPP LA’s schools and educational mission as well as for its vital support of the organization’s success and expansion. The firm has advised KIPP LA on a variety of issues and has also worked on wide-ranging deals for KIPP schools across the country.

“Akin Gump is a strong supporter of KIPP LA Schools and its mission to instill in students the skills and qualities that will allow them to thrive in high school, college and life,” said Steven H. Schulman, Akin Gump’s pro bono partner.  “That’s why we are proud of our longstanding partnership with KIPP schools, not just in Los Angeles, but across the country, and we are pleased to be able to contribute towards their success.”

The KIPP network includes 125 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. C.N. Franklin Reddick III, co-head of Akin Gump’s corporate practice, serves as board chair of KIPP LA, and Jose Villarreal, a consultant in Akin Gump’s San Antonio office and a former partner at the firm, serves on the KIPP Foundation board. Schulman, who manages the nationwide relationship with KIPP, will receive the award on behalf of the firm.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


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