Our Commitment to the Community At-Large
BuckleySandler lawyers are public service leaders in the communities in which they live and work and across the United States.
In March of 2009, the firm established the Kolar Foundation of BuckleySandler. The Foundation supports charitable initiatives of importance to the members and employees of the firm, as a way of giving back. Funded by a contribution of a percentage of the firm’s profits, the Kolar Foundation 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. Any member or employee of BuckleySandler can apply for a donation for a cause that he or she participates in and/or supports.
A select list of donation recipients in 2012-2013 includes:
- Cancer Support Community (CSC) – Possibly the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the U.S., CSC provides support, education, and hope to those affected by cancer.
- DC Diaper Bank – Provides an average of 35,000 diapers a month to over 1,000 underprivileged families in the Washington, DC area.
- DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) – Provides pro bono family law legal representation to indigent Washington, DC residents.
- HistoryMakers – Educates the public on the accomplishments of African Americans through first person oral histories.
- Imagination Stage – Produces theatre arts education and performance opportunities to young people, including those with disabilities, and is the largest multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Leading organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Since being founded in 1970, JDRF has funded more than $1.7 billion in diabetes research.
- Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) – Provides pro bono legal and social work services to Washington, DC senior residents 55 and older by assisting with Social Security, Supplemental Security Income disability cases and civil legal matters.
- MBA Opens Doors Foundation – Supports and promotes programs that defend sustainable homes for American families.
- Ron Brown Scholar Program – Supports promising young African Americans with leadership experiences, service opportunities, and academic scholarships.
- St. John’s Bread & Life – Works to combat poverty and hunger for those living in Brooklyn and Queens by providing meals, increasing awareness and educating the public.
- Suited for Change – Empowers low income women to strive for economic independence by increasing their employment and job retention potential.
- Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) – As the largest Episcopal housing agency for the homeless in Washington, DC, THC provides housing services that includes transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing programs, and permanent affordable rental housing.
- Urban Compass – Works to make a difference in the lives of young people in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles by providing after-school enrichment programs, field trips, and summer camp opportunities for young people living in an area known for high drop out rates, widespread unemployment, poverty, crime and gang violence.
- Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs – Addresses issues of civil rights violations and poverty in the community by rallying the resources of the private bar.
- Whitman-Walker Health – Provides healthcare to greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.
- Youth Leadership Foundation (YLF) – Inspires underserved youth in the Washington DC area to strive for academic excellence by providing after-school and weekend educational and character building programs.
Many of our attorneys also serve in leadership positions of non-profit organizations that are focused on community service and outreach. For example:
- Partner Benjamin B. Klubes is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, which represents individuals and groups with discrimination claims in a broad range of civil rights cases.
- Partner Jeremiah S. Buckley serves on the Board of Directors of the The Youth Leadership Foundation (YLF), a nonprofit organization that serves disadvantaged youth from Washington D.C.’s inner city by boosting academic performance while developing their character. YLF operates two supplemental educational programs for Washington area minority students, the Tenley Achievement Program for boys and the Program for Academic and Leadership Skills for girls.
- Partner Andrew L. Sandler serves on the National Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community.
- Partner Christopher F. Regan served on the Board of the National Kidney Foundation for the National Capitol Area (2008 - 2011).
- Partner James T. Parkinson is on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Park Historical Society.
- Associate John B. Williams, III is a founding board member and current Director for the DC Diaper Bank.