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Banding Together 2008Washington, D.C., June, 2008 – Lawyers from prominent area law firms will compete in a hotly contested fifth annual Battle of the Law Firm Bands to benefit Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization supported by the city’s legal community to help the homeless. The Black Cat, a premier hot-spot in DC’s historic U Street district (1811 14th Street, NW), has partnered with GFTH to host “Banding Together 2008” on Thursday, June 19, from 7:00 pm to midnight.

At the stroke of midnight, one band will be crowned champion for having raised the most money from the crowd through “Chicago-style” voting (each dollar equals one vote – vote early and often!). GFTH will use 100% of the money donated to purchase thermal underwear, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, gloves, underwear, socks, blankets and other essential new clothing items for homeless men, women, and children; the clothing is distributed to more than [30] shelters throughout the metro area. GFTH has already raised over $67,000 in connection with Banding Together 2008, on the way to topping the almost $80,000 raised at last year’s event. Contributions continue to flow in.

GFTH chose the Black Cat as the site for “Banding Together” because of its unmatched reputation for great music. The Black Cat is a live music venue committed to providing the best in local, national and international independent alternative music. The Black Cat is also known for its delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian food served until 1:00 am on week nights at the Food for Thought Café. “We are delighted that a great rock venue like the Black Cat has again generously partnered with us to host an event that is as much fun as it is worthwhile,” said GFTH board of directors member Walter Lohmann, the chief organizer of Banding Together 2008. To date, nearly 45 law firms and other companies have signed up as Banding Together 2008 sponsors and donors (listed on page 2 of this press release).


All are invited to attend the event; the $10 cover charge benefits GFTH’s new clothing purchases. For more information, please visit the Gifts for the Homeless web site at Media Contacts: Larry Williams (202) 622-3835; Carol Weiser, President (202) 383-0728.

Banding Together 2008 Lineup:

  • 7:15 – 7:40 — Backyard Blues Band (McGuiness & Yager; Ogletree Deakins; HR Policy Association)
  • 7:40 – 8:05 — Stressbomb (Kirkland & Ellis LLP)
  • 8:05 – 8:30 — The Precedents (Constantine Cannon LLP; McDermott Will & Emery LLP)
  • 8:30 – 8:55 — Beats Workin’ (Alston & Bird LLP; Hogan & Hartson LLP; Scowcroft Group)
  • 8:55 – 9:20 — King Cadillac (Miller & Chevalier Chartered)
  • 9:20 – 9:45 — Waterson (Sutherland)
  • 9:45 – 10:10 — The Quitterz (Alston & Bird LLP)
  • 10:10 – 10:35 — Dangerous Communication Device (Williams & Connolly LLP)
  • 10:35 – 11:00 — de profundis (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher)
  • 11:00 – 11:25 — One For the Governor (Crowell & Moring LLP; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP)
  • 11:25 – 11:50 — Big Sur (Sidley Austin LLP)



Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Alston & Bird, LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP

Platinum Record

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
ENVIRON International Corp.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
GaiaTech, Inc.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Hogan & Hartson LLP
Joshua P. Kubicki
McGuiness & Yager
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Sidley Austin LLP

Gold Record

Dan Yager/HR Policy Association
Constantine Cannon LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski
Grubb Ellis
Navigant Consulting
Orrick Herrington
Rand Construction
Rent A Crate
White & Case LLP
Winston & Strawn

Rock Star

Backyard Blues Band/Jim Greene
Baker &Botts
E. Lawrence Barcella
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, PC
Kaye Scholer llp
Kelley Drye
King & Spalding
Latham & Watkins LLP
Merrill Corporation
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Patton Boggs LLC
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP
Reprodocs, Inc.
Spiegel & McDiamid
Tetra Tech EM, Inc.


Andrew M. Kramer
Arnold & Porter LLP
Fabiani & Company
Office Movers
PaperCraft, Inc.
Preparis, Inc.
Robert Half Legal
Royal Cup
RTM Communications, Inc.
Sunny’s Executive Sedan Service
Thomas L. Mills
Trak Legal
Washington Express Corp.
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