United States: Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP Welcomes Recipients Of Hurricane Katrina/Rita Relief Efforts; Firm Contributes $150,000 To Restore Gulfport School District Computer Network
Last Updated: January 23 2007

NEW YORK (January 22, 2007)—Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP recently welcomed representatives of the Gulfport School District Network Restoration Project, which received more than $150,000 in financial assistance from the firm as part of Thelen’s Hurricane Katrina/Rita Relief Initiative.  As a result of the firm’s efforts and assistance, the School District was able to restore its area-wide computer network, which currently serves more than 6,000 students.

"This was a perfect match for our firm," said Thomas J. Igoe, the New York partner who led Thelen’s Katrina/Rita relief efforts. "I’m glad we were able to identify an opportunity where we could really make a difference in peoples’ lives."

Terri Burnham, Director of Technology of the Gulfport School District, thanked the firm and described the rebuilding efforts. "We were paralyzed and could not see a way forward. Your gift gave us back our hope and uplifted our students, our teachers, and our community." She also announced that the new computer center and gallery will be dedicated to Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner later this spring.

The Gulfport School District includes seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and an additional school for alternative learning. The school district is fully integrated and includes large populations of Vietnamese, Hispanic, and African-American children, the majority of whom are underprivileged.

Prior to the storm, technology had become an integral part of the teaching curriculum in kindergarten through grade 12. Strong student-to-computer ratios and widespread use of computers enabled students to participate in online projects involving communications around the world, and to conduct research and learn advanced technologies in a wide variety of areas.

Hurricane Katrina knocked out the backbone of this system for the entire District. The schools lost all of the equipment connecting them to the State of Mississippi, including the District and state network routers, all computer system servers, more than 40 computers, seven laptops, five department vehicles, 20 printers, a digital cable analyzer and a variety of other switches and equipment. The capitalized cost of this critical technology and equipment exceeded $350,000.

"We felt it was important to respond immediately to these disasters—both by providing a substantial donation to relief efforts, and also by organizing a larger and enduring effort that would be personal to the firm," says Mr. Igoe, who visited the District last year.

About Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP is an international law firm with approximately 630 attorneys, and offices in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Hartford, Northern New Jersey, Shanghai, and London. The firm provides superior legal services in complex commercial litigation; corporate and capital markets transactions; project and asset finance; construction; labor and employment; intellectual property; information technology, domestic and international tax; employee benefits; government affairs; and real estate.

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