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The firm encourages all attorneys to find a way to participate in pro bono projects and community service. DWT is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and commits to providing 3% of its annual hours to pro bono. Individual lawyers doing pro bono work can earn billable credit up to 8% of their annual billable-hours goal.

DWT Helps Ensure Preservation and Public Access to Cultural Treasure on Vashon Island 
DWT’S Chuck Maduell, partner in the Bellevue office, was part of a team of attorneys and activists who successfully restored a cultural treasure located on Puget Sound’s Vashon Island to responsible caretakers.

U-Visa Permits an Immigrant to Stay in the U.S. in Safety 
Bellevue counsel Boris Gaviria happily reports that one of his pro bono clients received her formal approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services granting her a U-Visa. The U-Visa will allow her to stay in the U.S. legally, work legally, and ultimately permit her to obtain a green card and citizenship.

Bellevue Associate Helps Veteran Seal Juvenile Record
Robert Miller, an associate in our Bellevue office, assisted a veteran referred through the Veteran’s Project at the Northwest Justice Project in 2016. The client served in the military from 2002 to 2005 and was honorably discharged. He is now in his mid-30s and raising a child on a very small income. He found that his juvenile burglary offense from 1996 and other juvenile and adult records were barriers to employment.

Working with him, Miller was able to obtain a court order to seal the records. The client recently started his own small business providing process service.

Team Assists Bellevue Therapy-Animal Training Organization
Pet Partners is a Bellevue-based national organization that evaluates and registers therapy animals and their handlers. Therapy animals—which include not only dogs and cats but also the occasional pig and miniature horse—are different from service animals in that they interact with many people in a variety of situations, from social visits to goal-oriented interventions under medical supervision. An interaction with a therapy animal can bring comfort but also create health benefits like lowering blood pressure or reported levels of pain while impacting mood.

Pet Partners teams can be found in a wide variety of settings, such as reading programs in libraries, hospital units, assisted living, and supporting those in crisis. A team of DWT lawyers recently counseled the client in 2015 on the uses of electronic signatures in preparing and executing agreements with therapy-animal handlers. We have also assisted Pet Partners in drafting a sponsorship agreement for use with corporate sponsors.
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