Atlanta-based law firm Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC specializes in litigation to protect the public from dangerous medical products and inadequate medical care that threatens patient safety. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the firm immediately heard of healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers bravely confronting this disease without the necessary PPE to protect them.
In response, they began purchasing KN95 masks—in partnership with Georgia streetwear company LEX Apparel—and distributed them to healthcare providers in need. They then reached out to local law firms for additional donations and information about community needs.
The theme of their program is Lawyers United to Stop the Spread. “It was important to us to include credible defense firms in donation efforts to show that our mission sometimes goes beyond litigation and can include joint efforts with adversaries,” said partner Brandon Smith.
By including defense firms, they were able to create a level of comfort with healthcare entities that may have otherwise been uncomfortable reaching out to a plaintiff law firm for PPE. Several defense firms were eager to join the program with a donation, and all were encouraging and supportive.
A variety of firms and individuals have made generous donations to Lawyers United to Stop the Spread, and contributions continue to come in. The firm has dedicated staff to assist in coordination efforts and continues to cover costs and purchases not covered by donations. As a result, they have now distributed thousands of KN95 masks to numerous healthcare facilities and individual healthcare workers/first responders; and have expanded the program to offer face shields to those who need them.
If you are interested, you can join in and help as well. Any and all donations are appreciated. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details and include “PPE Donation Program” in the subject line.