June 28, 2022
Weil Legal Innovators (WLI), the Firm’s philanthropic initiative that places incoming first-year law students at leading nonprofit organizations, was profiled in The Corporate Citizen, the quarterly publication of Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship.
The publication highlighted Weil’s ongoing mission to increase innovation that can help solve pressing social and legal challenges. WLI, started in 2019, places students from 11 partner law schools (for the 2023-2024 program year) with one of 13+ nonprofits and is funded by a $1 million annual investment from the Firm. Selected students defer their first year of law school to work at a partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, enabling them to leverage their passion for justice and commitment to public service, while amplifying the impact of the nonprofits and their important missions.
“We set out to develop a program that leveraged the Firm’s core competencies and values: the practice of law, and a deep-rooted commitment to public service,” Hedieh Fakhriyazdi, Director of Social Responsibility and Weil Foundation at Weil, was quoted as saying from the stage at the International Corporate Citizenship Conference.
Hedieh, who spearheads the WLI program for the Firm, continued, “The program also helps us to further relationships with key stakeholders, including law schools, law students, nonprofit organizations, our clients, as well as attorneys and staff at the firm.”
The article notes that Weil sponsored the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Innovation Awards, which were awarded at the conference to four companies for efforts related to sustainability, diversity and innovation.