Much of our pro bono work assists the most vulnerable people in our communities. Here are a few examples.

San Francisco partner Peter Isola has been since 2003 the court-appointed attorney for three minors whose mother is addicted to drugs and is frequently in jail, at a halfway house or living on the street. Nothing is known about the children’s father(s). The children had been cared for by a grandmother and a neighbor, both of whom died. Peter facilitated the transfer of the oldest child to his uncle’s care, and then helped transition the two girls to a new guardianship arrangement.

In Seattle, Legal Services for the Homeless, a program of the King County Bar Association, is at the core of our firm’s pro bono commitment to serve the indigent. Our attorneys and paralegals in Seattle and Bellevue meet with homeless clients at our adopted shelter, the Downtown Emergency Services Center, to discuss their legal concerns. Our lawyers provide counsel, advice and representation, and our paralegals provide additional services. We helped establish this program many years ago, and we continue to serve on the committee that oversees the program, pairing local law firms with shelters.

Our attorneys in Washington, D.C., have volunteered with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless for several years through a similar program. They have assisted clients with issues related to public housing and public benefits.