Community Involvement


Our commitment to the community can be seen through our sponsorship of organizations such as those listed below:

Art With Heart

Art with Heart unites volunteers from the arts to serve children in crisis by empowering them through self-expression and creativity. Art with Heart’s offerings include their Oodles of Doodles, Magnificent Marvelous Me, Ink About It, and Chill & Spill books, art therapy for hospitalized children, Self-Portrait Workshops for children living with cancer, Soul Food – preparing and serving food to Seattle’s homeless teens, and other art therapy programs.

Bailey-Boushay House

Bailey-Boushay House is a nationally recognized facility offering residential care and day health programs for people living with AIDS. The Adult Day Health Program serves people with HIV / AIDS who are living independently in the community, and the Residential Care Program is a 35 bed skilled nursing facility for people living with HIV / AIDS and other life threatening illness. The program provides 24 hour support to individuals who require a higher level of care than a traditional nursing home can offer.

Marler Clark attorney Denis Stearns served on the Board of Directors for Bailey-Boushay, and was President of the Board in 2003-2004.

Bainbridge Youth Services

Bainbridge Youth Services supports Bainbridge Island youth through its Youth and Family Counseling Services and Youth Employment Programs. Over 45% of middle school & high school students are enrolled in the program which provides training and support in how to find work, choose a career direction, and succeed in the workplace.

Bites and 'Barf Blog'

The Food Safety Network (FSN) at the University of Guelph provides research, commentary, policy evaluation, and public information on food safety issues. A national repository of food safety-related information, FSN offers consumer, student and industry outreach services, information research, on-line resources, collaborative projects, evaluation and analysis, and a capacity to address current and emerging food safety concerns. 

Boys and Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island is a dedicated youth service agency, serving young people ages 5 to 18.  Programs include after school drop-in activities, summer, winter and spring full day camps for Club Members from Kindergarten through 8th grade, as well as outreach programs for teens, including some late night activities and Keystone Club.  The Club also offers volunteer, community service, and employment opportunities for youth and teens.

Camp High Hopes

Camp High Hopes is dedicated to providing year-round residential camping experiences for children and adults with disabilities. The campers will gain self-esteem and independence by participating in recreational, therapeutic and educational programs, which provide opportunities for campers to learn, while having that fun feeling inside.

Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI)

Founded in 2006 to help America create innovative, science-based solutions for the food challenges of the 21st Century, CFI believes that it is imperative that federal, state and local government, as well as farmers; food processors/distributors/retailers; medical providers; educators; policy makers and consumers share the responsibility of building an environment that promotes food safety throughout the farm to fork continuum. No one sector can achieve this goal alone. CFI is dedicated to working together through research, education and advocacy to develop better food protections and ultimately improve public health.

Children’s Hospital Circle of Care

Children's Circle of Care is an annual giving program and major gifts club. The Children's Circle of Care was founded in 1995 by Seattle Children's Hospital and 19 of its peer pediatric institutions throughout North America. The mission of the program is to advance philanthropy that supports patient care, teaching, and research. The program advocates, educates, and encourages leading benefactors to participate in Children's hospitals throughout the nation. 

Clear Path International

Clear Path International serves landmine and bomb accident survivors, their families, and their communities by providing direct medical and social services to survivors and their families, and equipment support to hospitals. Current projects are in Vietnam, Cambodia and on the Thai-Burma border. 

College Success Foundation

The College Success Foundation (CSF) has over 10 years of proven experience, inspiring underserved, low-income students to finish high school, and providing the unique integrated system of supports and scholarships they need to graduate college and succeed in life.  They focus on four areas: early engagement in learning, college advising and mentoring, scholarships and mentoring and post-graduation support to bring students to success.

Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk

The primary mission at the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association (CSDSA) is to provide support and encouragement to families of children with Down syndrome.  A small group of parents founded the CSDSA in 1989, and more than 20 years later they remain dedicated to encouraging fellowship and sense-of-community amongst our families. They continue their mission to inform and empower their families while promoting community awareness of the dignity, promise, and potential of all people with Down syndrome. The CSDSA is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization serving Colorado Springs and its surrounding communities.

Denise Louie Education Center

The Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC) provides education and family services to low-income children ages three-to-five and their families who live in the International District, Beacon Hill, Mt Baker and Rainier Beach communities of Seattle. DLEC's client population is very diverse with 87 percent of parents speaking a language other than English at home. 

FoodHACCP.com

FoodHACCP.com is a non-profit Web site dedicated to providing food safety information. The site is run by the food safety programs at Washington State University and Kansas State University, and has more than 10,000 members from around the world. FoodHACCP.com provides food science news, information on pathogens and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point planning, and offers consulting in areas of food safety. 

Food Safety Web

The Food Safety Web site is a stepping-stone to food safety information and resources. A non-profit site, Food Safety Web helps users find food safety and HACCP information so they can better spend their time helping to protect the food supply. The site came online in July 2005 and new information is constantly being added.

King County Bar Foundation

The King County Bar Association (KCBA) was founded in 1886 and incorporated in 1906 as a voluntary professional association. Today the mission of the King County Bar Association is to provide support to its diverse membership; promote a just, collegial and accessible legal system and profession; work with the judiciary to achieve excellence in the administration of justice; strive to benefit the community through its own efforts and those of its Foundation; and offer opportunities for public service and input into matters of public policy.

History Link

History Link is first and largest encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet. HistoryLink.org is an evolving online encyclopedia of state and local history in Washington State. The organization provides a free, authoritative, expandable, and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public.

Ida B. Wells School for Social Justice at UW

The Wells School, located on the UW campus, is a small college preparatory school for underrepresented high school juniors and seniors. Wells school students must fulfill both the Seattle schools’ high school graduation requirements and the University’s freshman admissions standards. Student core Liberal Arts classes are taught in an integrated, history-based humanities seminar. A critical pedagogical approach shapes the two-year Humanities courses with emphasis on critical analysis reading, research, writing and class discussion. These classes have a college-level content that presents writers who challenge dominant paradigms from a democratic, anti-racist and liberatory scholarship.

International Association for Food Protection

The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) represents a broad range of members with a singular focus — protecting the global food supply. Within the association, you will find educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods.

The International Association for Food Protection recognizes that students from around the world are the future leaders in the field of food safety. Since 2004, the IAFP Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing the career potential of exceptional students through the annual IAFP Student Travel Scholarship Program, which provides full funding for attendance at the Association’s renowned Annual Meeting.  

League of Education Voters

The League of Education Voters is a non-profit, grassroots, statewide network of advocates dedicated to improving Washington’s public schools. The League of Education Voters strives to ensure that every student enrolled in Washington public schools has the good teachers, small class sizes, and extra help he or she needs to meet the high standards in K-12 and that every student who earns the opportunity for advanced training can enroll in a community college or university, with financial aid if needed.

Marler Clark managing partner Bill Marler was one of the driving forces behind the 2004 Education Initiative – I-884. 

National MS Society

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. They exist to make sure it doesn't.
They help each person address the challenges of living with MS through their 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Northwest Kidney Kids

The mission of Northwest Kidney Kids (NKK) is to offer hope and support to children with chronic kidney disease and their families. They provide educational programs and group activities that empower Kidney Kids to take charge of their health, embrace their future, and achieve lifelong success.  NKK main event is a day-camp for kids with kidney disease and their parents.

STOP Foodborne Illness

STOP Foodborne Illness, formerly Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P.), is a non-profit grassroots organization devoted to victim assistance, public education, and policy advocacy for safe food and public health. S.T.O.P.'s mission is to prevent unnecessary illness and loss of life from pathogenic foodborne illness. Members use their stories of personal tragedy due to foodborne illness to help further public education in the realm of food safety. 

Village Theater Issaquah

Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining quality productions for the entire family since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended Equity theatres, with over 18,000 subscribers and 182,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 85 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow's audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper and KIDSTAGE, serving over 54,000 young people, families, and schools annually.

Volunteer Attorneys for People with Aids (VAPWA)

The King County Bar Association's program, Volunteer Attorneys for People with AIDS, or VAPWA, provides civil legal representation, advice, and education to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS in King County and Washington State. VAPWA provides free (pro bono), reduced fee, and regular-fee referrals for legal assistance to eligible clients who are HIV positive, and are involved in a civil legal issue with jurisdiction in Washington State. VAPWA clients receive help with such things as estate-planning, bankruptcy and credit issues, HIV-status discrimination complaints, and landlord-tenant issues. Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns has been involved with the program since 1992. 

Washington State University Foundation

The mission of the Washington State University Foundation is to promote, accept, and maximize private support for programs, initiatives, and properties of Washington State University and its regional campuses. The WSU Foundation also prudently manages, invests, and stewards the assets entrusted to it by WSU and its alumni, friends, and donors.