CHARLESTON -– Jackson Kelly has been recognized as the first recipient of the West Virginia Department of Education's Community Leader Service Award.

The award is in recognition of Jackson Kelly's innovative Education Elevators Program (JKEEP), a recent outgrowth of the firm's longstanding partnership with Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston.

The firm was honored at a Community Leader Service Award ceremony hosted by the state Department of Education.

Jackson Kelly has partnered with Piedmont, Charleston's inner-city elementary school, for more than 25 years. In the fall of 2007, the firm renewed and revitalized that commitment with an initiative designed to elevate the aspirations and abilities of Piedmont students.

As part of JKEEP, Jackson Kelly Elevators work closely with the staff at Piedmont to support students one-on-one with academics, self-esteem and special interests.

"Jackson Kelly's partnership with Piedmont is a vital part of our firm's commitment to education and the community. This award honors our relationship with Piedmont, its innovative leadership and dedicated staff, as well as the individual and collective efforts of Jackson Kelly's personnel to help kids achieve a brighter future," said Jackson Kelly CEO Mike Foster.

Jackson Kelly represents leading global corporations, national companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in areas of law such as environmental, business, labor and employment, federal and state workers' compensation, civil litigation and occupational safety and health. The firm has offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and West Virginia.

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