Hupy and Abraham is a strong supporter of the NAACP’s actions to promote fair treatment of citizens, reform of communities, and, importantly, defending against attacks on civil rights. Hupy and Abraham , traces its roots to the respected community legislator, attorney, activist, leader, and NAACP member, Lloyd Barbee.
Over the years, our attorneys have supported in the NAACP in the following ways:
- On September 16, 2000 we made a $10,000 donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. The donation was made at the chapter’s Freedom Dinner and brought our year and a half contributions to $17,000. Nearly 700 people attended the dinner and Dr. John Powell delivered the keynote address on Race Relations in the United States.
- On September 25, 2004 we made a $10,000 donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. As in 2000, the donation was made at the chapter’s Freedom Dinner. Attorney Michael Hupy spoke about the importance of education and the need to support worthwhile scholarship programs. That year, the keynote speaker was Justice Louis Butler who had been recently appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and who was the first African-American to serve as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
- In July 2005, we made a $10,000 donation at the NAACP convention held in Milwaukee. The donation included $3,500 to honor Attorney Lloyd Barbee, a founder of this law firm, who started the lawsuit that integrated the Milwaukee Public Schools. An additional $6,500 was donated to the NAACP’s scholarship program. Attorney Jason Abraham spoke at the lawyer’s reception on July 11, 2005.
- On September 23, 2006 we made a $10,000 donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. As in past years, the donation was made at the chapter’s Freedom Dinner and went directly to local students.
- On September 27, 2007 we made a $10,000 donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. This year Attorney Jason Abraham made the donation and received a standing ovation. During his remarks Attorney Abraham noted that Hupy and Abraham would match any additional contributions, up to $1,000, that were made that night. He was given a second standing ovation when he left the stage. The Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick was the 2007 keynote speaker.
- On October 3, 2009 we made a $10,000 donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. Attorney Jason Abraham spoke about his recent settlement of the largest police brutality case in Wisconsin history. The settlement, in the amount of $3 million, was for a man who was paralyzed by a Milwaukee police officer after a 2003 arrest. Mr. Abraham also presented a check for $10,000 for the Milwaukee NAACP’s Scholarship Fund to help local students.
- In 2010, Hupy and Abraham received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP. The firm received this prestigious award for its commitment to civil rights work. The firm was recognized both for its financial commitment and for its work on the police brutality case described above. Attorneys Jason Abraham and Chad Kreblin accepted the award on behalf of the firm.
- In 2010, Jason Abraham was Named NAACP Lawyer of the Year. The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP named Attorney Jason Abraham Lawyer of the Year in 2010. The award was given at the annual Freedom Fund dinner where Mr. Abraham also presented the NAACP with a $10,000 donation to the scholarship fund from Hupy and Abraham.
- On September 24, 2011 we made a $10,000 donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. As in previous years we made the donation at the annual Freedom Fund dinner. In 2011, Attorney Hupy spoke about his commitment to put the needs of the public above the needs of his law firm and about the importance of taking bold action.
- On September 15, 2012 we made a $10,000 donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. It was in 2012 that Hupy and Abraham marked the occasion of having contributed more than $100,000 to the NAACP scholarship program. The donation will help ten students who will each receive a $1,000 educational scholarship. To qualify for scholarship, students must have graduated from high school, met the requirements necessary to qualify for the NAACP scholarship, and be accepted into a university of their choice.
Our active support of the NAACP did not end in 2012. Instead, our work continues. Please check our more recent library articles for information about our latest contributions to the NAACP and check back regularly because we are not done yet.