Pro Bono Policy Highlights
Pro bono service is a firmwide commitment, and Stoel Rives expects our lawyers to help fulfill this commitment. Although performance of pro bono service is not a requirement, a willingness to serve and become involved with pro bono service evidences a commitment to the profession and to the justice system that is highly valued by the firm.
The firm’s definition of pro bono services, which is consistent with the definition of the term “pro bono” as adopted by the National Pro Bono Institute, includes the following:
(i) The delivery of legal services to persons of limited means or to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters which are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means;
(ii) The provision of legal assistance to individuals, groups, or organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights; and
(iii) The provision of legal assistance to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, or educational organizations in matters in furtherance of their organizational purposes, where the payment of standard legal fees would significantly deplete the organization’s economic resources or would be otherwise inappropriate.
The firm encourages each of its lawyers to complete at least 50 hours of pro bono service annually, and to prioritize pro bono service to persons of limited means or to nonprofit organizations designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means. The firm encourages its lawyers to follow their own interests, values, and priorities in deciding which types of pro bono services to render and the persons or groups to assist on a pro bono basis. Stoel Rives lawyers are encouraged to identify causes that matter to them and that motivate them to provide free legal representation to promote justice for the public good. To that end, lawyers annually receive billable credit for up to 50 hours of pro bono service and Firm pro bono administrative service.