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Giving back is an important part of the culture at Sterne Kessler. We aim to touch the lives of those less fortunate in our local communities and in far off places. Because our team is made up of people with a diversity of talents, we've been able to reach out and make a difference in many ways.

In March 2012, we formally launched our Intellectual Property and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice. It is the first of its kind and is singularly focused on the interplay of intellectual property principles and human rights. Learn more about our award-winning Intellectual Property and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice and the compelling stories of our extraordinary clients..

Through our charitable committee, we've supported The Salvation Army's Angle Tree program with toy and clothing drives, raised awareness about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and helped to rebuild local homes through Habitat For Humanity's Buildable Hours program.

The list is long, but here are just a few of the other organizations we've had the honor to support this year:

  • Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation has provides over 600,000 individual overnight accommodations, helping families stay together in the midst of a child's medical crisis.  Believe In Tomorrow also provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families with clean, comfortable facilities that serve as a tool for families to rejuvenate and reconnect.

  • Bread for the City provides vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. They recognize that all people share a common humanity, and that all are responsible to themselves and to society as a whole.

  • Courtney's House was founded in 2008 for children forced into sex trafficking.  Courtney's House fights to protect children from sexual exploitation and the devastation that comes from it.   Courtney's House fearlessly searches for children who are being forced into prostitution on the streets, in brothels, strip clubs, private homes, and hotels.  The embrace the rescued children and bring them into a safe environment where they and their families can heal, recover and develop hopeful, dignified and influential lives. Courtney's House also trains community officials and creates awareness of the reality of sex trafficking in neighborhoods across America to help stop the crimes from happening.

  • The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  The American Heart Association was founded by six cardiologists in 1924, and now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. American Heart Association funds innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.  Their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

  • Camp Nuevo is a non-profit organization with the vision of helping to reduce poverty for the indigenous people of Bolivia.  For more than 25 years, Camp Nuevo has focused strongly on providing opportunities for the women of the valley of Sorata (a valley near Lake Titicaca) and to those who have migrated from the rural valleys and altiplano to the high altitude city of El Alto and La Paz, Bolivia’s capital.  This created a large population of uneducated women who were only capable of handcraft skills, and unprepared in the necessary skills required to earn a living in a modernized world.  As adults, many women found themselves in difficult life situations because of the lack of earning capacities or the abandonment by their husbands, leaving a large number of single mothers  to care for their family alone.  Bolivia has a short life-span expectancy due to the lack of medicine to treat common illnesses; especially, for those living in precarious life situations.

  • Critters For The Cure supports women in the local area who are battling breast or gynecological cancers. Critters For the Cure is the only women's cancer 501(c)(3) organization in our nation's capital to provide immediate emergency funds when women are in need.  Eighty-five (85%) of every dollar donated to CFTC goes directly to providing financial assistance, life-coaching, emotional support and cancer awareness to women living in MD, VA and the District of Columbia.  Request for assistance are made by physicians, cancer care navigators, and/or by patients themselves.  CFTC provides financial assistance for unexpected expenses such as transportation to treatment, massage therapies, medical and RX co-pays, wigs and prosthetics, rent, groceries, utilities and even dog walkers.

  • Equal Justice America (EJA) is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work in organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need.  EJA provides legal help to women and children victimized by domestic violence, families who are wrongfully evicted and forced into homelessness, the elderly and poor who have no recourse when they fall prey to scam in the marketplace and the disabled who are discriminated against.  EJA's efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to the urgency for pro bono assistance to the most vulnerable citizens.  Students at more than 70 law schools have the opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program.

The value of service to others is immeasurable.  We hope we've inspired you to make a difference in your own unique way.


Preparing gifts for the 2014 Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. This year, Sterne Kessler sponsored and collected gifts for 35 children in need.


Members of Sterne Kessler participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


The Sterne Kessler team participating in buildable hours in 2014

Helping to rebuild local homes in summer 2014 through Habitat for Humanity's Buildable Hours Program.


The Sterne Kessler team at the 2014 Lawyers Have Heart Run and Race. Lawyers Have Heart, Washington's largest 10K race, has raised more than $9 million for the American Heart Association.


Rachael's Walk Photo 2013

Members of Sterner Kessler participate in a lunchtime community walk in support of Rachael's Women's Center.


American Lung Association

Sterne Kessler-sponsored racer sports a Mind + Muscle jersey for the American Lung Association’s stair climb race in Cincinnati in February 2011.


Caneta Peru

Children in Canete, Peru receiving a donation from Sterne Kessler which will support their efforts to attend primary school through AAI's scholarship program.


Wheelchair Accessiable

Providing funds for handicap-accessible kiosks for Enrique (right) and Isadoro (left) so they can earn a living selling in a Bolivian marketplace.


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