Buckley Sandler Celebrates 2014 Pro Bono Work
On January 30, 2015, the firm held its annual Pro Bono Recognition Reception to recognize the dedication of our attorneys and paralegals to pro bono work throughout 2014. Joseph M. Kolar, chair of the firm’s pro bono committee and head of the Kolar Foundation of BuckleySandler, which focuses its giving to support and encourage members and employees of the firm who themselves are reaching out with their time and resources to help others in need, discussed the importance of pro bono work.
“The last line of the Pledge of Allegiance is ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ ‘Justice for all’ is hard to come by if you don’t have an attorney,” Kolar said.
Kolar was joined by Lise Adams, Assistant Director of the DC Bar Pro Bono Program, who emphasized the growing need for pro bono commitments from law firms and their attorneys. She also noted that pro bono benefits extend beyond simply helping the client and doing a good deed. It also provides opportunities for professional networking and to strengthen or expand your own practice.
“Pro bono is an annual commitment,” said Adams. “It is not one and done. It is a chance to change lives, develop professionally, and fulfill your ethical obligations under the bar.”
Kolar noted that the firm met its pro bono participation goals for 2014, thanking those who put in the hours and praising the work of pro bono coordinator, Stephanie Schlatter. He also announced the pro bono committee’s higher goals for 2015, and encouraged everyone to recognize the need and find time to contribute. In concluding remarks, co-managing partner John Kromer added his congratulations to the awardees and confirmed the importance of, and the firm’s commitment to, a sustained involvement in pro bono work, both through the dedicated effort of members of the firm and the financial support of the Kolar Foundation of BuckleySandler for each pro bono organization with whom we work.
The BuckleySandler attorneys and paralegals honored for their 2014 pro bono work include:
- Daniel Cheriyan
- Tim Coley
- Kate Contario
- Caroline Eisner
- Katherine Katz
- Sasha Leonhardt
- Matthew Newman
- Sherry-Maria Safchuk
- Brian Wegrzyn