Diversity is an essential ingredient in making Ober|Kaler a vibrant, dynamic and welcoming place to work. Ober|Kaler is committed to diversity in the workplace and recognizes that our workforce is our most important resource. Recognizing that a diverse pool of talent serves the best interest of our clients and enhances our ability to provide the best legal services, we actively recruit and encourage the hiring and retention of women and minority lawyers. This is accomplished through recruitment efforts at law schools, decisions related to lateral hires and general employment practices.
Ober|Kaler participates in numerous community programs, activities and charitable events that reflect the diversity of our communities, such as our involvement with the Cristo Rey Corporate Internship Program. We also sponsor a community grants program that supports organizations serving minority and underprivileged populations in the region. In addition, we take an active role in community leadership organizations and civic advancement programs, including the Baltimore Metropolitan Leadership Conference, the Community Assistance Network and Leadership Baltimore County.
Many Ober|Kaler attorneys also serve in various leadership capacities with local nonprofit and minority organizations dedicated to diversity issues. These include:
- American Health Lawyers Association Women's Initiative
- Black Law Student Association
- Corporate Counsel Women of Color
- Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
- Executive Women's Network
- J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
- Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- Monumental City Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
- Women's Bar Association of Maryland
In March 2010, Ober|Kaler became the first law firm to partner with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service's Project HEAL at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project HEAL is a nationally recognized medical-legal partnership that provides pro bono legal services for children and their families in need. We provide legal assistance to children and their families on a variety of issues, including special education, housing-landlord/tenant, Social Security Income, guardianship and estate planning. In 2011, Ober|Kaler’s Project HEAL was selected by the American Health Lawyers Association as one of its “Pro Bono Champions.”