All Brownstein attorneys, including partners and associates, are expected to do pro bono work. The firm does not have a specific pro bono hours requirement but encourages all attorneys to complete at least 50 pro bono hours per year. Our associates automatically receive credit toward their billable hours for up to 100 pro bono hours per year.
Pro bono service at Brownstein starts with our summer associates, who work on at least one pro bono project during their time at the firm. New associates are offered formal training sessions through pro bono providers and in-house training sessions on specific pro bono initiatives. Our first-year associates perform 200 pro bono hours as a component of our apprentice program. All training time on pro bono matters counts toward an associate’s pro bono hours.
Pro bono opportunities are carefully aligned with both the firm’s areas of focus and our employees’ desire to make a significant positive impact on the communities where they live and work. Our Pro Bono Partner, Lauren Schmidt, devotes the majority of her time to managing, strengthening, and promoting our pro bono program. In addition to identifying and assisting with pro bono matters, the Pro Bono Partner increases participation in the pro bono program, facilitates pro bono opportunities for all of our attorneys, and helps align individual attorneys’ skill sets and passions with appropriate pro bono opportunities.