Stoel Rives recognizes that pro bono service is an essential element of every lawyer’s professional responsibility because lawyers (a) possess unique skills and abilities to serve persons of limited means and to promote the public interest in ways that no other professionals can; (b) have a duty to contribute to the welfare of the community, to assist in the development of the legal profession, and to broaden the overall commitment to access to justice for all people, regardless of their financial circumstances; and (c) have an obligation to ensure that the legal system is accessible to everyone, including persons of limited means, and thereby to promote the United States as a society governed by the rule of law.
The firm also recognizes that, in addition to benefitting pro bono clients who we represent, the rendering of pro bono legal service benefits individual lawyers, the firm as a whole, and the communities in which we practice. The personal satisfaction that comes from changing people’s lives for the better by rendering free legal services cannot be overstated. Also, through pro bono service, lawyers receive invaluable training that broadens their professional development and expands their community awareness.
Please read on to learn more about Stoel Rives’ commitment to pro bono service.