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:
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland
- Black Law Student Association
- Corporate Counsel Women of Color
- Executive Women's Network
- Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- Monumental City Bar Association
- PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs
- Women's Bar Association of Maryland
- Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
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.”
On the client side, Ober|Kaler produces several programs designed to support the efforts of women and minorities in the workplace. The most prominent of these is our Women in Construction conference in Washington DC. Created in 2005, this leadership, networking a mentoring conference has brought together high-powered business, legal and community leaders with experience in areas of importance to women working in the design and construction industry.