...commitment to actively accept pro bono cases...
Stephanie E.W. Thompson
University of Hawaii
William S. Richardson School of Law, 2005
Many people in our community do not seek legal advice or legal services because they cannot afford it. Unfortunately, most law firms do not have pro bono programs and discourage associates to take pro bono cases because it takes away from the associate’s billable hours. Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher has made a commitment to actively accept pro bono cases and asks each attorney to dedicate at least 50 hours of time to pro bono cases. I volunteer regularly with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii by conducting a family law clinic once a month and am proud to be part of a law firm that is committed to making a difference in the community.
In addition to urging associates to take on pro bono work, SOM&F has taken steps to partner with VLSH and Legal Aid Services of Hawaii to facilitate and encourage pro bono work for the legal community.