July 28 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Chesterfield Smith, the founding partner of Holland & Knight. To celebrate the occasion, Holland & Knight donated $100,000 to Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., to continue the legacy of Smith, a legendary lawyer and vocal advocate for pro bono legal services for the poor.
During his long career, Smith promoted his commitment to pro bono and continually challenged the legal profession to “Do good!” In 1999, LSGM dedicated its office building as the Chesterfield Smith Center for Equal Justice, in honor of Smith’s role as chair of the Legal Services Campaign for Justice, which raised funds to purchase the building.
“Holland & Knight has always been a leader in the legal profession,” said LSGM Executive Director Marcia K. Cypen.
“We are so very grateful to the firm for this extraordinary lead gift to our Building the Cornerstone Campaign. The firm’s vision and philanthropic leadership will make a lasting impact in our community for generations to come.”
“We could think of no better way to honor Chesterfield’s memory than to ensure that his adopted hometown of Miami would continue to benefit from the great work of Legal Services,” said Steven Sonberg, Holland & Knight’s managing partner. “Access to the legal system is a critical issue in our community, and we hope that our contribution will help those in desperate need.”
Holland & Knight has had a long partnership with LSGM. Partner Tiffani Lee currently serves on the board of directors. Partner Tracy Nichols served as co-chair, and Rodolfo Sorondo and Wifredo Ferrer serve on the Building the Cornerstone Campaign Committee. Partner Bill Bloom also provided pro bono real estate services to the organization during its recent headquarters relocation.