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Directory Year: 2023

Marten Law - Firmwide

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Jess Ferrell
Pro Bono Contact Title Partner
Pro Bono Contact Phone 206.292.2636
Pro Bono Contact Email [email protected]
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year 1.86%
Average Hours per Attorney last year 16.91

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 50%
Percent of partners participating last year 33%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 17.98
Average hours per partner last year 17.02
Average hours per other lawyer last year
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 17.86
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 423
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work?

Legal services performed free of charge or at reduced fees for the public good. Activities that may be constituted as pro bono are submitted to the Pro Bono Committee by any member of the team. The Committee then evaluates the activity and determines whether it qualifies as a pro bono initiative.

Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No
Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? No

Advancement/compensation

Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? Case-by-case

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations?

None

Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? Yes
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): An attorney who coordinates pro bono projects as an ancillary duty to other work
Pro Bono Committee
Non-attorney administrator
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed?

Activities are submitted to the Pro Bono Committee for review. Committee coordinates with the equity partners to determine whether the activity may be constituted as pro bono work. If approved, the equity partners determine which attorneys will be assigned to the pro bono work.

If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Pro Bono Committee
Other

Enabling pro bono or public interest work

Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply): Externships
Sabbaticals
Fellowships
Part-time pro bono programs
If so please describe

Have not historically been offered, but Firm is open to extending these opportunities to its attorneys.

Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.)

Marten strongly encourages its lawyers and staff to engage in meaningful pro bono legal and related work. Being a lawyer provides significant advantages in our society; along with these come a commensurate degree of responsibilities—in particular, to those who do not enjoy similar advantages or have been unlawfully denied access to and protection of the law.

We are currently focusing our energies into three primary areas: Immigration, Environmental Justice, and Voter Suppression. We partner with national and local organizations in order to maximize our impact. The firm is a member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) and committed to dedicating substantial pro bono resources to initiatives that combat systemic racism.

Approved pro bono work will by no means be limited to these topic areas. Marten lawyers and staff are encouraged to voice their desire to work on other issues, so the firm can best support them. Approved pro bono hours are credited, up to 100 hours, toward the billable goal for lawyers with the firm.

What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year?

Immigration-Related Proceedings

Marten Partner Jess Ferrell facilitates the firm’s representation of indigent clients in immigration-related proceedings. She coordinates with a variety of national and local immigration advocacy groups toward this end, including the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). Cases in this category span an array of federal laws, including the Immigration and Naturalization Act and other laws and regulations implementing the U.N. Convention Against Torture; the Violence Against Women Act; and additional generally applicable laws that may disproportionately affect the immigrant community. Implementation of this concept takes many different forms. Many federal and state policies encourage the consideration of the disproportionate impact of environmental and health issues on lower-income communities and/or those of color. Few directives are mandatory, however. Furthering environmental justice therefore requires practicing in an array of federal, state and local legal fields toward fair and uniform application across communities.

 

Gun Violence Prevention

Marten Law filed an amicus brief in federal court in the District of Massachusetts on behalf of pro bono clients Everytown for Gun Safety, the Giffords Law Center and other organizations supporting a lawsuit brought by the Mexican government against gun manufacturers. The brief focuses on the application of public nuisance doctrine to the marketing and sale of certain firearms. Marten attorneys James Pollack and Lawson Fite contributed to this amicus brief that can be read here.

 

Domestic Vioelnce

Marten Law has partnered with the King County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence LEAD Project to represent a domestic violence survivor in contested domestic violence protection order proceedings.

 

Environmental Justice

Marten Partner Steve Odell is the primary gatekeeper for opportunities in the realm of environmental justice, defined by EPA as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.”

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? No
Public Interest Fellowship Comments