In addition to providing quality legal services to our clients, Snell & Wilmer attorneys consider pro bono activities an important professional responsibility. Snell & Wilmer strongly encourages all attorneys and paralegals to commit at least 50 hours per year to some type of pro bono activity.
Snell & Wilmer recognizes that efforts devoted to pro bono legal services, and the cause in question, may vary greatly from attorney to attorney. The time spent on approved pro bono work is credited toward each attorney's or each paralegal's annual performance goals and, therefore, it is considered, along with time devoted to client matters, for purposes of evaluation and compensation.
Snell & Wilmer, with some amplification, has adopted the ABA definition of "Public Interest Law." This definition includes only traditional legal services; it does not include the time that attorneys devote to civic and professional activities of a service or business development nature. Snell & Wilmer defines pro bono activities as legal services provided to the poor or legal services provided to those organizations that provide services to the poor.
These pro bono legal services include:
- Poverty Law: Legal services in civil or criminal matters of importance to a client who does not have the financial resources to pay a customary legal fee.
- Civil Rights and Public Rights Law: Legal services concerning rights of individuals, or a significant segment of the public as a whole, where it is inappropriate to charge the client a customary legal fee.
- Representation of Charitable Organizations: Legal services to charitable, religious, civic, governmental, educational, or similar organizations that provide services to the poor.