Pro bono is an integral part of our culture. Quarles & Brady’s commitment to the communities in which we live and work says a great deal about the values to which we subscribe. The Quarles & Brady footprint reaches more than 65 organizations that serve indigent persons in five states and the District of Columbia. By donating their time, skills, and resources, our pro bono lawyers provide vital support to families in need. There is possibly no greater gift a lawyer can give than to provide pro bono legal services to those in their communities who need it most.
Because of our firmwide dedication to pro bono services:
- Nearly 23,000 pro bono hours recorded—equivalent to approximately 10 full-time lawyers
In 2015 we honored retired partner Mike Gonring, an indefatigable pro bono advocate, by launching the first Quarles & Brady Michael Gonring Pro Bono Award. This annual award honors volunteer attorneys and teams who have demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services through one or more pro bono projects during the year.
The 2015 inaugural class included:
- Pro Bono Team Award: Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
- Pro Bono Partner Award: Steven Hunter
- Pro Bono Associate Award: Daniel Lewin and Melissa McCord
Our attorneys also were recognized outside the firm for their pro bono efforts:
- Phoenix and Tucson offices—Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, Arizona State Bar Association Bankruptcy Section
- Sara Dunn—Attorney of the Month, Legal Aid Service of Collier County, November 2015
- Pat Schoen—Pro Bono Publico Award, Milwaukee Bar Association; Humanitarian Award, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
- Madison office—Pro Bono Award, Dane County Bar Association
- Fifty-two firm attorneys were named to the Wisconsin Pro Bono Society
- Dan Conley—Professional Adviser of the Year, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The firm is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®, administered by the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project, which challenges us to contribute, at a minimum, an amount of time equal to three percent of the firm’s total billable hours, or 60 hours per attorney, to pro bono work. Quarles & Brady also offers hour-for-hour credit to our attorneys for their pro bono service to indigent persons.
For More Information
For further detail regarding the depth and breadth of our various pro bono initiatives, please contact Dawn Caldart, our Director of Pro Bono & Professional Development at (414) 277-5553 / [email protected].