The COVID-19 pandemic continues to inflict an enormous amount of human suffering around the world and poses staggering challenges to our global economy. To address the challenges this crisis brings to the communities where we live and work, Shearman & Sterling has launched a firm-wide Global Signature Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative – “Shearman & Sterling: Making a World of Difference in Our Communities.”
“Pro bono legal work and community service have been at the heart of Shearman & Sterling since the firm’s founding nearly 150 years ago. Today, we are leveraging our talents and resources by focusing on five core areas where we can make the biggest impact to provide critical support and relief in communities on a global scale: food, medical supplies, family support, nonprofit assistance, and small business assistance.”
– David Beveridge, Senior Partner
Our approach includes volunteerism, awareness-building, legal advice and fundraising. Shearman & Sterling lawyers and business service professionals, in collaboration with our nonprofit partners, have developed a cohesive, multi-faceted, charitable response to support COVID-19 relief efforts on a global scale.
We also partner with local community organizations in many of our offices around the globe to provide much-needed food or medical supplies or support for the isolated and families alike. Our team—working across four continents and speaking more than 75 languages—is providing pro bono legal assistance in community projects around the globe to make a world of difference for the communities where we live and work.
If you have any questions related to our COVID-19 Relief Efforts, please contact the Pro Bono and Community Service team.
“I am tremendously proud of the compassion, solidarity and determination that my colleagues have shown during these challenging times. Working together as one firm, we are supporting our communities, looking after our clients and taking care of our families.”
– Saralyn Cohen, Pro Bono Counsel and Director, Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Access to healthy food is a fundamental human need. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting supply chains and threatening the food security of billions of people. Shearman & Sterling’s lawyers and business services professionals are organizing donations to local food banks and hunger prevention organizations, and our lawyers are providing pro bono legal assistance to farmers, food service workers, nonprofits and food-related small businesses around the world.
Healthcare workers and first responders around the globe are in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe and healthy. In addition to donating directly to hospitals, Shearman & Sterling’s lawyers and business services professionals across three continents donated funds to help procure PPE directly from manufacturers, and get it to healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social isolation measures have exacerbated child custody disputes, domestic abuse, care for children with unmet educational or other needs, and seniors confined or isolated as they shelter in place. Shearman & Sterling’s lawyers and business services professionals address family issues compounded by the pandemic by providing assistance to low-income individuals and the charities supporting them.
The needs of nonprofit organizations have increased while their staffs work remotely. Working hand-in-hand with our community partners, Shearman & Sterling’s lawyers help them to fulfill their missions as they respond to the pandemic. For example:
The economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are particularly damaging to small businesses, which often lack the resources and capital of their larger competitors. Shearman & Sterling’s lawyers are offering pro bono advice by creating online resources, volunteering at legal clinics and engaging in limited scope representation to assist small businesses facing acute needs as a result of the pandemic.