Dunn Carney Supports Pro Bono
Dunn Carney believes pro bono legal service is an important element of every attorney’s professional responsibility. Lawyers possess unique skills and abilities to promote the public interest and contribute to the welfare of the community by serving persons of limited means and increasing access to justice for all people.
This is one reason why Dunn Carney each year takes the Multnomah Bar Association’s Pro Bono Pledge, which affirms the firm’s commitment to maintaining a written pro bono policy, encouraging and supporting its attorneys to represent one or more pro bono client each year and contribute financially to organizations that support or provide legal services for persons of limited means..
Our attorneys regularly participate in pro bono activities with Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO). At LASO’s Night Clinic we provide monthly assistance to clients with a wide variety of legal needs, and through LASO’s Domestic Violence Project we represent victims of domestic violence at contested restraining order hearings. Dunn Carney attorneys have also volunteered at LASO’s Bankruptcy Clinic, and have provided direct legal representation to other pro bono clients on a diverse range of matters, including immigration, property rights, unemployment benefits and landlord-tenant disputes. Each year, our attorneys, paralegals and staff collectively devote hundreds of hours to pro bono matters.
Dunn Carney is also a strong and consistent supporter of the Campaign for Equal Justice, which raises funds for LASO, and St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic, which provides legal services to low-income families.
In 2015, two Dunn Carney attorneys received special recognition for their commitment to pro bono service. Josh Stadtler received the Multnomah Bar Association’s Michael E. Haglund Pro Bono Award, presented each year to a young lawyer who has displayed a special commitment to pro bono through Legal Aid, Oregon Law Center, or the Multnomah Bar Association. And Elizabeth Knight received the Oregon State Bar’s President’s Public Service Award.
The October 2013 issue of Multnomah Lawyer, a publication of the Multnomah Bar Association, recognized Dunn Carney’s pro bono efforts in an article entitled “Law Firm Legal Aid Clinics”.