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Community Engagement

At Sterne Kessler, we believe in the importance of supporting and engaging with our communities from three primary perspectives – legally, locally, and globally.

The firm’s three-pronged charitable initiative, referred to as “SKGF Cares,” supports a variety of organizations through time and resources donated by individual employees and the firm as a whole. SKGF Cares focus the firm's efforts on impactful causes in legal, local, and global communities.


Under the leadership of Director Jorge A. Goldstein, our pro bono practice integrates legal concepts from the areas of IP law with economic, social, and cultural human rights to empower disenfranchised and impoverished communities. Further, additional pro bono engagements include other areas of law that we pursue with community partners. For example, we collaborate with Legal Aid Justice Center to represent unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings. See our pro bono practice page for more information.


With the leadership of the firm’s Charitable Committee, Sterne Kessler supports local non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. through financial contributions derived from the firm’s budget and voluntary employee payroll deductions. Members of the firm volunteer their time as well. Annually, the firm has participated in fundraisers, such as the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia’s Generous Associates Campaign, and the American Heart Association’s Lawyers Have Heart race. 

Lawyers Have Heart

For example, Sterne Kessler supports the annual Lawyers Have Heart race to benefit the American Heart Association. Each year, the firm participates as a sponsor and fields a team of walkers and runners, including attorneys, staff, and members of their families.


In 2022, Sterne Kessler partnered with Project HOPE to raise direct humanitarian relief funds for the Ukraine crisis, supporting the delivery of essential medicines and medical supplies to Ukrainians and refugees in surrounding countries. Project HOPE is a global nonprofit that works with local communities, healthcare workers, and public health systems to solve healthcare challenges and save lives. Read more about our support of Project HOPE in our firm announcement.

Also on the international front, the firm has a partnership with World Bicycle Relief (WBR). In October 2019, a four-person delegation from the firm traveled to Lusaka, Zambia with WBR to present 150 “Buffalo Bicycles” to students. WBR specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle distribution programs to aid poverty relief in developing countries. While in Zambia, the delegates witnessed the positive impact the bicycles have on education, healthcare, and economic development during community site visits. Click here to learn more about this trip. We continue to support WBR and their life-changing mission.

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