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In 2015, as a part of a lasting contribution to at-risk youth nationwide, Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients and communities across the Americas, intensified its philanthropic and pro bono legal efforts with a $1 million pledge to the National CASA Association. The donation is the largest donation National CASA has ever received from a law firm and one of the most significant sustained commitments it has received throughout its 37-year history.

Andrew Smulian, Chairman/CEO of Akerman LLP"It takes immense commitment and far-reaching acts if we are going to achieve quality advocacy for every abused and neglected child in the foster care system," said Andrew Smulian, Akerman Chairman and CEO. "Our people have once again come together to take this huge step toward building an enduring program that will support foster youth in the years ahead. Akerman's $1 million pledge is about improving the outcomes for at-risk youth by leveraging our firm's resources while further aligning with our clients and other community partners who share our passion for making a difference."

Akerman's $1 million pledge represents a commitment over six years to take on a substantial role in the lives of foster youth nationwide. Each year, funds received go to the CASA/GAL network of programs and the "Akerman Academic Excellence Scholarship” to help young adults who have spent time in foster care pursue higher education through an accredited institute of higher learning such as a university, a career college, or technical school.

"The Akerman partnership represents the best of all worlds for us," said Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer for the National CASA Association said in a 2015 interview. "It will allow us to make a national impact at multiple levels that broadens our service to children who have experienced abuse or neglect."

Current Scholarship Recipients


Shanowah Frakes
Humboldt State University

Major: Social Work

Career Goal: Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Mimi Quinn
University of Illinois

Major: Spanish and Political Science

Career Goal: Professor of Spanish


Jackie Robles
California State University: Long Beach

Major: Business Management

Career Goal: CEO of a nonprofit helping foster youth

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