On the very first day of the summer, managing partner John Sumberg met with the summer associates to talk about the firm, its history, and its vision. One of the very first things he told us about was the importance of Bilzin Sumberg’s deep commitment to the community.
Through Bilzin Sumberg Cares, the firm is involved with the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, 100 Black Men of America, and numerous other non-profit organizations.
This past Friday, the summer associates, joined by over 30 other summer associates from across Miami, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. Many of us were tired, waking up just hours after the Miami Heat became World Champions, but once we arrived at the site we became energized, realizing that we would be instrumental in providing a home for a family in need.
Under the supervision of Habitat’s full-time builders, our goal was to build the frame for the walls of the home. David De La Flor volunteered to cut the wood while the rest of us got to hammering.
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The volunteer opportunity with Habitat for Humanity was continuing not only a summer associate tradition at Bilzin Sumberg, but a firm-wide tradition. Bilzin Sumberg provides financial support, commits volunteers to construction, and each year donates over $150,000 in legal services to Habitat for Humanity. I know I speak for the other summer associates when I blog that this was a gratifying way to end the week.