Community / Pro-Bono
Since our inception, Snell & Wilmer has been committed to community service and leadership. Our attorneys and staff are engaged in a number of community, civic and industry-related activities across the various geographic regions in which we live and work.
Each office takes pride in serving our local communities.
Each office takes pride in serving our communities by directly supporting local organizations and by supporting the involvement of attorneys and staff in their community activities. The offices have established longstanding relationships with numerous organizations, some of which include: Valley of the Sun United Way (Phoenix); San Xavier del Bac Mission (Tucson); Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver (Denver); AFAN AIDS Walk (Las Vegas); Downtown Woman’s Shelter (Los Angeles); Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove (Orange County); and House of Hope (Salt Lake City), among others.
The Snell & Wilmer Facebook page highlights our community and philanthropic endeavors in all of our offices. Please visit our Facebook page to view our community involvement news, photos and videos!
Pro bono activities are an important professional responsibility.
Snell & Wilmer attorneys also consider pro bono activities to be 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.
Public Interest Law
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 who 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.