The name Hogan & Hartson may be gone, but it won't soon be forgotten. As one of the last acts that Hogan performed before the May 1 launch of Hogan Lovells, the firm auctioned off memorabilia with the Hogan & Hartson logo to lawyers and staff members around the world.
The results of the April 29 auction are in, and it appears Hogan raised $16,000, all of which was donated to the D.C. Bar Foundation. The foundation, which supports Washington legal services non-profits with grants, training and technical assistance, will use the funds to support June 2010 grants to the city’s legal services providers.
J. Warren Gorrell Jr., who was chairman of Hogan & Hartson until May 1 when he became co-chief executive officer of Hogan Lovells, said he was pleased with the amount raised by the auction. “The items that were auctioned off had little intrinsic value, so really everything went to charity,” Gorrell said.
Gorrell said the auction, which was held in the firm’s Washington office, was open to all of Hogan's lawyers and staff members. Phone lines were set up so Hogan & Hartson lawyers around the world could participate. “We had something for everyone,” said Gorrell, who bought the Hogan & Hartson sign outside the firm’s F Street office in Washington.
Mark Smith, D.C. Bar Foundation president, said that the funds will be put to use immediately because legal service providers are facing a funding gap in the wake of the recession. “It is fitting that the name of Hogan & Hartson leaves our community in a manner utterly in keeping with its history and reputation: unabashedly supporting legal services to the poor,” Smith said.