SKO In The Community
Stoll Keenon Ogden has partnered with LexArts on a multitude of projects in an effort to promote a thriving arts community in Lexington. LexArts recognized SKO in 2011 for the firm’s workplace giving campaign. SKO attorney, David Smith, serves on the Executive Committee of the LexArts Board of Directors. In addition, SKO serves as the Season Sponsor of the LexArts Downtown Gallery Hop. Considered one of the city’s most entertaining events, the Gallery Hop highlights the artwork of Central Kentuckians and other local artists at dozens of galleries, museums, artist’s studios, shops and restaurants in downtown Lexington.
Fund for the Arts (FFTA)
Stoll Keenon Ogden has a long standing partnership with Louisville’s Fund for the Arts (FFTA), which is the oldest united arts fund in the country and has raised more than $148 million since its establishment in 1949. SKO believes in supporting education through the arts and helping to maximize the economic impact of the arts in the community. During the 2010 Fund for the Arts Campaign, SKO was ranked in the Top 25 contributing organizations, and was ranked the 27th largest contributor in 2011. Attorneys and staff at SKO support the organization through initiatives including the annual workplace giving campaign and NeXt!, a leadership development program that prepares young professionals for volunteer leadership roles in the arts. SKO attorneys David Smith and Matt Lindblom currently serve on the FFTA Board of Directors.
For the past several years, Stoll Keenon Ogden has partnered with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass to educate local students on workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. In addition to sponsoring Veteran’s Park Elementary School as part of Junior Achievement’s Adopt-A-School program, a number of SKO attorneys volunteer in local classrooms. SKO attorney David Royse currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Habitat for Humanity
Since 2007, Stoll Keenon Ogden attorneys and summer associates spend the day working on the job site of a Habitat for Humanity home as part of Habitat’s Buildable Hours Program. The Buildable Hours Program provides law firms with the opportunity to build upon the volunteer work that many attorneys and summer associates began at college chapters of Habitat for Humanity. SKO is one of 25 law firms nationwide that participate in Buildable Hours. Attorneys and staff have engaged in rewarding tasks crucial to the completion of Habitat homes, such as assembling walls, installing drywall and hanging siding.
United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG)
Stoll Keenon Ogden attorneys have been involved in United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) for more than 15 years. SKO attorney Sarah Mills serves as legal counsel for UWBG, and has served on its Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee for the organization. Most recently, she assumed the role of Interim President, where she performed presidential duties for the organization for six months. Prior to Sarah’s tenure, SKO Managing Director Bill Lear served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for nearly 10 years. SKO attorney Adam Back worked with the UWBG agency partners through his service on the community building cabinet. Many SKO attorneys, including Elizabeth Muyskens, have participated in the UWBG program Get On Board, which educates diverse populations about the responsibilities of serving on a Board of Directors. The firm is proud of the leadership roles our attorneys have assumed within the organization.
Metro United Way (MUW)
Stoll Keenon Ogden has a longstanding partnership with the Metro United Way (MUW). The firm is involved through volunteer service, leadership and fundraising efforts. Attorneys and administrative staff in the Louisville office participate each fall in the MUW workplace giving campaign by hosting several internal fundraising events, including an annual chili cook-off. SKO attorney Randall Gibson, Chair of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group, currently serves on the Metro United Way Board of Directors. SKO is honored to support MUW and the tremendous work they do for the Possibility City.
Legal Aid Society (LAS)
Stoll Keenon Ogden is a long-time supporter of Louisville's Legal Aid Society (LAS), whose mission is to pursue justice for people in poverty. SKO attorneys serve in various leadership roles for the LAS, and volunteer with the LAS Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, a project that provides free legal help at Domestic Violence Order hearings to low-income victims of domestic violence in Jefferson County. SKO attorney Kendrick Riggs serves as the Chairman of the 2011 LAS Justice for All Campaign.
Business Leaders for Education (BLE)
Business Leaders for Education is an organization formed by GLI to champion educational achievement in the Greater Louisville area. Its founding premise is that a highly-educated workforce is critical to the success of Louisville businesses. SKO Managing Director Bill Lear has been a member of BLE since 2006 and currently serves as one of its two vice-chairs.