Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is honored to accept the Colorado Lawyers Committee (CLC) 2016 Law Firm of the Year Award. This award recognizes the firm’s extensive pro bono efforts in the Colorado community and recognizes the firm for its significant contributions to the Colorado Lawyers Committee in the past year.
“I am very proud of the firm and all of our pro bono volunteers from the Denver office,” said Lauren Schmidt, the firm’s pro bono partner. “This award recognizes the dedication so many people at Brownstein have to pro bono legal services, the firm’s commitment to support that work, and the opportunities that the Colorado Lawyers Committee provides to connect pro bono attorneys with underserved members of our community.”
The CLC is a nonpartisan consortium of 66 Colorado law firms dedicated to working on behalf of the children, the poor, and other disadvantaged Colorado communities through advocacy, negotiation and litigation. In 2015, 52 volunteers from Brownstein worked on nine different CLC projects, including 32 attorneys and staff who provided transactional-legal services and representation to budget-constrained nonprofit organizations. Denver shareholders Schmidt and Martha Fitzgerald are members of the CLC’s Board of Directors and Schmidt serves on the Executive Committee. Denver shareholder Tenley Oldak serves on the Leadership Board of the CLC’s Young Lawyers Division.
Since 2012, Schmidt has served as the firm’s first dedicated pro bono partner, dedicating the majority of her time to identifying, leading, and assisting with pro bono matters and increasing attorney participation in the firm’s pro bono program.
“Under Lauren’s leadership, the number of attorneys participating in the firm’s pro bono program and the number of pro bono hours per attorney has increased exponentially,” said Adam Agron, the firm’s co-managing partner. “I am proud to say that Brownstein’s lawyers and staff devoted nearly 12,000 hours to pro bono work in each of 2014 and 2015, a clear demonstration of the importance of pro bono service to the firm.”
The Denver office has pledged to commit an average of 50 pro bono hours per lawyer, per year to the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2015, Brownstein was ranked No. 80 in the United States on The American Lawyer’s list of the Top 200 Pro Bono Law Firms. The firm is also a signatory to the national Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge.
The CLC’s 2016 Awards Celebration took place Monday, May 23 at the Marriot City Center in Denver. Schmidt accepted the Law Firm of the Year Award on Brownstein’s behalf.
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