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Realizing that its people are its most valuable resource, Vinson & Elkins is committed to encouraging attorneys and other firm personnel to be involved volunteers in their communities. Through their personal efforts, firm employees strengthen the ties that bind our local and national communities and promote the development of individuals who make up those communities. Firm lawyers and other firm personnel serve on the boards of more than 300 business, charitable, educational, governmental and professional organizations. Click here to see a sample listing of the diverse organizations and programs to which firm lawyers contribute their time and personal efforts.

Vinson & Elkins has a strong history of support for the arts. Firm attorneys support numerous arts organizations and projects through volunteerism, financial contributions, and generous donations of pro bono legal services. Organizations for which the firm has provided legal services in the recent past include the Alley Theatre in Houston, the Houston Grand Opera, Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, the Holocaust Museum Houston, the Houston Ballet, Theatre Under the Stars, Austin Lyric Opera, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Additionally, many of the firm's lawyers serve as officers or board members for local arts organizations, including the Austin Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

In recognition of our demonstrated commitment to support for the arts, Vinson & Elkins received the prestigious Business in the Arts Award given by Forbes magazine and New York's Business Committee for the Arts, founded by David Rockefeller in 1967. We are the only law firm to have received this honor twice.

In 1992, for example, the firm provided pro bono legal services in connection with the corporate formation and tax exemption of the Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, Inc. Since then, the firm has represented the Museum on a pro bono basis on issues such as tax exemption, and design and construction contracts.

In addition, the firm participated on a reduced fee basis in the negotiation and development of the Houston Music Hall Foundation's project to build the new Hobby Performing Arts Center.

In 1993, firm attorneys spearheaded an initiative to secure additional revenue for the arts in the form of hotel/motel tax allocations. These efforts culminated in an agreement by the City of Houston to increase hotel/motel tax allocations for the arts. Legislative lawyers in V&E's Austin office assisted in securing approval for this funding arrangement from the Texas Legislature. As a result of these efforts, Houston arts organizations are now receiving additional public funding of approximately $1,200,000 annually. V&E attorneys have represented arts organizations in all types of labor matters, including the negotiation and application of collective bargaining agreements, coordination of employee benefits, and investigation and resolution of employee disputes.

Organizations and Programs
The following list is but a sample of the diverse organizations and programs to which employees of the firm have contributed their time and personal efforts:

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Legion Boys State
American Red Cross
Anti-Defamation League
Asia House
Asia Society
Austin Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Austin Civic Chorus
Back-to-Basics Learning Center
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan
Dallas, Inc.

Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Club
Catholic Charities Immigration Counseling
Central Texas Legal Aid Society
Children's Assessment Center
Chinati Foundation
Christ Church Cathedral
Covenant House
Cullen Foundation
D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence
DePelchin Children’s Center
Dispute Resolution Center
Economic Club of Washington
End Hunger Network
Friends of R Street
Greater Houston Partnership
Gulf Coast Legal Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Holocaust Education Center
Houston Area Women’s Center
Houston Ballet
Houston Food Bank
Houston Humane Society
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston SPCA
Houston Taping for the Blind
Interfaith CarePartners
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Junior Achievement
Junior League
Latino Learning Center
Leadership Houston
Legal Aid Society
March of Dimes
Meals on Wheels
Medical Bridges, Inc.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
National Center for Missing and Exploited

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Nature Conservancy of Texas
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Operation Crackdown
Planned Parenthood of Houston
Retina Research Foundation
Rice University
Ronald McDonald House
Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research
Teach for America
Teen Celibacy, Inc.
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Texas CASA
Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Civil Justice League
Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (Texas C-Bar)
Texas Special Olympics State Games
United Negro College Fund
United Way
World Foundation for AIDS Research

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