Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP has committed itself—as a firm and as a community of professionals—to promoting the ability of all citizens to have access to the legal system. Manatt professionals and staff are actively involved in the firm's pro bono representations. We annually devote at least 3% of our billable time and resources to hundreds of not-for-profit organizations and individuals unable to pay significant legal fees. Because we view pro bono as an integral part of our practice, we give pro bono matters the same attention, staffing, resources as our commercial matters. We also assign pro bono matters the same weight and credit as billable matters when evaluating our professionals' contributions to the firm.
Manatt's commitment to its communities is reflected through:
Manatt lawyers conduct research for public interest organizations across the nation for use in appellate briefs defending constitutional rights. They provide corporate, regulatory and legislative services, handle real estate transactions, and protect intellectual property rights for not-for-profits. Firm professionals also represent families seeking to adopt children who might otherwise be trapped in the foster care system and individuals who have fled terror and abuse in their native countries.
In addition to handling referrals from a variety of legal services organizations in its communities, Manatt has proactively developed pro bono and community service programs to optimally utilize our legal professionals' unique talents and interests. One example is our work with 9th Circuit Judge Harry Pregerson to develop a legal clinic that serves recovering homeless veterans. In its first year, the Manatt Westside Veterans Clinic assisted over 150 U.S. vets in their efforts to rebuild productive lives. Moreover, we have now developed benefits appeals and/or military discharge upgrade teams on behalf of veterans in our Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. offices.
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