In the Community
Barack Ferrazzano is strongly committed to community service through its BFKN Foundation.
The BFKN Foundation was created in 2005 to facilitate the Firm's goal to become more active in the community and dedicate time and resources to those most in need of our support. Through the BFKN Foundation, the Firm is involved in community programs that provide our professionals and staff with opportunities to positively impact the lives of the less fortunate.
Equal Justice Works Fellowship
In 2018, the Firm partnered with Equal Justice Works – a nonprofit organization committed to public service and providing equal access to justice – as a sponsor of its annual fellowship program. The Firm currently sponsors Hannah Berkowitz from the University of Wisconsin Law School as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. During the next two years, Hannah is striving to improve family stability, well-being, and kindergarten readiness for at-risk preschool students in collaboration with the Legal Council for Health Justice.
Equal Justice Works offers the nation’s leading public interest law fellowship which mobilizes 300+ fellows nationwide each year. Fellowship recipients partner with host organizations to design and implement a two-year project addressing an unmet legal need and underserved community, subsequently building sustainable solutions involving diverse areas of law. Our continued partnership with Equal Justice Works helps to foster their efforts to provide equal access to justice for all.
To learn about our current Equal Justice Works fellow, Hannah Berkowitz, visit: https://www.bfkn.com/newsroom-news-370
KIPP Ascend Primary
Since 2012, the Firm has partnered with KIPP Ascend Primary, an open enrollment public charter school serving almost 600 underprivileged students in grades K-4 in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. KIPP is a national network of college-preparatory public charter schools serving 96,000 students in grades pre-K-12 in underserved communities across the country. KIPP’s motto CLIMB (Create, Love, Inquire, Make it happen and Be the change) encourages students to overcome challenges, accomplish their goals and sets the foundation for students to be held at a higher standard. Our continued partnership with KIPP is centered around our annual coat drive providing winter essentials to children who would otherwise go without. We are exploring other partnership opportunities with KIPP.
To view some happy KIPPsters in their new coats from our 7th annual coat drive, visit: https://www.facebook.com/KippAscendPrimary/posts/1526557744154303
Sharon Krista McAuliffe School
From 2005-2011, the Firm partnered with Sharon Krista McAuliffe School, a Chicago inner-city school offering grades pre-K–6; where roughly half the student population lives below the poverty line. Our partnership with the school was organized around four annual events:
- A back-to-school event where each student received a backpack filled with school supplies;
- A winter coat drive where each student received warm winter clothing;
- Tutoring sessions to help students prepare for standardized testing; and
- A career day for students to visit the Firm and learn about careers in the legal industry.