We are much more than a law firm. To relentlessly defend the American Dream, it takes more than to represent the individual client alone. We volunteer our time to educate the community in the most effective ways possible – community outreach events, informational videos, public seminars, and beyond.
We train other legal professionals across the country so that they can better treat and defend their non-U.S. citizen clients – at statewide and local defense training seminars, panel discussions and one-on-one attorney consulting support.
We participate in a number of organizations, boards and critical discussions that change laws and policy. Please contact us for community event opportunities.
Board Appointments & Service
Attorney Jessica Stern has served in a number of boards and service organizations. She continues to give back to her colleagues and communities during her spare time, currently including:
- Vice-Chair, Atlanta Bar – City of Atlanta Board of Ethics
- Member, AILA – ICE Liaison Committee
- Member, Northern District of Georgia – Criminal Justice Act Panel
View Past Appointments & Service
Educational and Training Events
Attorney Jessica Stern presents Lessons on Padilla at the opening of Law Week.
Attorney Jessica Stern participated in a panel organized by the Georgia State Bar: Starting a Law Firm. Drawing from her own experiences and involvement with How to Manage a Small Law Firm, she shared the 5 Most Critical Policies & Procedures for every law firm....
Community Volunteer Work
Jessica led a prestigious group of women lawyers to receiving the 2013 Atlanta Bar Association’s Celebrating Service Award. Jessica is a regular volunteer with Foreverfamily, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides unending support to children with an incarcerated parent. The young people in the program are more likely than their peers to get stuck in the criminal justice system. Therefore, involvement with Foreverfamily, Inc. is critical to ensure that the kids understand there are options and people to support them towards a better future. She was a member of the Young Professionals Board with a goal of raising funds for regular programming and summer camp. Please check out the website foreverfam.org to find out ways to join us in supporting Foreverfamily, Inc. (Fulton County Daily Report News Article)
Pro Bono Support
STERN Law created the STERN Law Access-to-Counsel Fund in 2018. The funds raised will provide the opportunity for non-U.S. citizens to access immigration defense representation in circumstances where they otherwise could not afford it. The funds are distributed to non-profit programs that directly provide access to counsel or to directly hire private counsel that is otherwise out of financial reach.
The Work of a Public Defender
Public defenders and non-profit defense activists are doing the most important work in our country. Jessica Stern is a graduate of the Gideon’s Promise program and a loyal supporter. Gideon’s Promise is committed to reforming public defender systems, one lawyer at a time, by teaching public defenders how to deliver the highest quality, client-centered advocacy possible to their indigent clients. With the support of a growing alliance of organizations, individuals, and law schools across the nation, Gideon’s Promise is partnering with public defender offices to build a community of committed and passionate advocates to drive indigent defense reform across the South. Watch the award-winning HBO documentary, Gideon’s Army, and learn more about how you can help support public defenders who do the most important work in this country.