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We recognize we're part of something larger.

Making a positive impact on the communities around us is central to our values. We’re active citizens in the local legal community, the region’s social services community and the personal communities of our employees.

Stokes Lawrence Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Stokes Lawrence Charitable Foundation is to support Northwest public charities that promote social justice and provide essential services such as food, housing, clothing, education and health care to individuals in need. The Foundation, which is primarily funded by donations from shareholders and employees of Stokes Lawrence, matches qualified gifts made by our employees to public charities. Donations to the Foundation from the general public are also accepted. In 2012, the first year of the Foundation, the primary recipients of donations from the Foundation were the Campaign for Equal Justice, the Washington State Bar Foundation, the Future of the Law Institute and Northwest Harvest.

Charitable Activities

We give generously of our talent and financial resources to local organizations that promote social justice and help less fortunate individuals and families. Stokes Lawrence was recently recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the state's most generous charitable donors. Our contributions help increase access to legal services as well as provide the basic necessities of life: food, housing, clothing, education and health care. We are enthusiastic participants in the legal community's annual "Food Frenzy," which benefits local food banks, raising several thousands of dollars each year.

Matching Gifts Program

We match employee contributions to qualified charitable organizations. This program has benefited nearly 100 charities. Individually, many of our employees participate through payroll deductions in the United Way and the Women's Funding Alliance.

Recent recipients of Stokes Lawrence giving include:

    Pro Bono Activities

    Our attorneys give generously of their time on community and pro bono activities. Following are examples of volunteer activities by our attorneys and the firm:

    • We contribute financial and pro bono legal services to Union Gospel Mission's Open Door Legal Services Clinic, which serves less fortunate members of the Seattle community.
    • Our attorneys regularly provide free legal services at King County Neighborhood legal clinics.
    • Many of our attorneys take on pro bono matters for low-income clients through various organizations, including Yakima Volunteer Legal Services, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the Federal District Court's Pro Se Civil Rights Panel, the ACLU, and Legal Voice.
    • We represented a former employee of a flower shop who resigned after the shop's owner refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding. The former employee served as a witness for the attorney general's case. Discovery requests asked the witness to "out" herself and any customers or employees who she knew to be anything but classically heterosexual.
    • Several attorneys are working with unaccompanied minors and young families from Mexico and Central America who have crossed the border seeking asylum.

    In the News

    Ellen Jackson, Sarah Wixson Named Volunteer Attorneys of the Year

    Stokes Lawrence Team Convinces Court to Allow Pro Bono Client to Stay in U.S.

    SLVMS Attorneys Win Asylum for Pro Bono Clients

    Paralegal Mel Brown Receives Doug Peters Lifetime Achievement Award

    Stokes Lawrence Recognized for Corporate Philanthropy for Sixth Year

    SLVMS Supports Legal Clinics for Immigrants

    Stokes Lawrence Pro Bono Client Wins Favorable Decision in State Supreme Court Case