Lane Powell believes the integrity of the legal system depends on equal access to justice. In 2007, we donated over $3.5 million worth of pro bono hours to disadvantaged individuals and organizations that cannot afford legal counsel.
Lane Powell fully endorses the pro bono policies of the American Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association and the Multnomah Bar Association. The Firm encourages its attorneys to devote time to pro bono activities and provides billable hour credit for up to 100 hours of pro bono work.
Attorneys provide the same level of skill and attention to pro bono matters that they would to any other client. In a July 2007 letter, Bas Vanderzalm, President of Medical Teams International, wrote a letter thanking Lane Powell for its pro bono service. “As one of the largest non-profit organizations in Oregon, we interact with a large variety of businesses and for-profit companies. I can say without any reservation that Lane Powell PC ranks at the top of all the business groups with whom we have had contact in Oregon and the Portland area,” he wrote. “I have no question that the value of services provided to us by your firm has exceeded $100,000. More importantly, I know that the quality of the services we have received are equal to those your staff provides to your best clients. We have always received the highest standard of legal advice in a timely manner. In fact, your staff have often consulted with us after normal working hours on their own time because they care about our work and want to do what they can to help us fulfill our mission.”
In 2007, Lane Powell was nominated by the Portland Business Journal for its annual Corporate Philanthropy Award in recognition of our community service efforts.
Representative Pro Bono Work
Representative Board Memberships and Financial Support
Our Firm as a whole and individual attorneys financially support dozens of deserving community organizations; in addition, our attorneys contribute hundreds of hours serving on Boards of Directors. Some of the many organizations we support include: Dress for Success, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, REACH Community Development, the Museum of Flight, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Cornish College of the Arts, the American Heart Association, the Children’s Museum of Seattle, the Japan-American Society of Oregon, and Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts.
Honors and Awards
Lane Powell’s commitment to pro bono work has earned us the following accolades:
One of the best. Highest marks on ethics, ability and skill.
Chuck is an outstanding estate planning and probate attorney.
I have known Vicki from the time she was hired at Lane Powell, when I supervised training/compensation of associates at that firm. She is a first rat...Read more
I have known Vicki from the time she was hired at Lane Powell, when I supervised training/compensation of associates at that firm. She is a first rate lawyer.
4.0/5.0 on 03/13/11 on 03/13/11
3.5/5.0 on 03/10/10 on 03/10/10
Advice has been good. Somewhat irritated by being charged for correction of drafting errors.Read more
Lane Powell has more than 135 years of commitment to our communities. This commitment is reflected in Lane Powell's hiring and promotion of women and individuals from diverse backgrounds. The Firm has established an attorney Diversity Committee. The Committee is tasked with designing and implementing programs and strategies that promote an inclusive work environment and encourage the development and success of all employees.
MultiCultural Law Magazine Recognizes Lane Powell for Diversity
Lane Powell ranked as one of the country’s top 100 firms for diversity in a recent poll by MultiCultural Law magazine. The annual issue featuring the top ranking firms will be received by many Fortune 500 general counsels, all ABA-approved law schools, as well as a host of national minority and women’s legal organizations. The magazine highlights successful minority and women lawyers. Readers get straightforward interviews with some of the nation’s leading minorities in the legal community. Look for this issue of MultiCultural Law magazine in April 2005.
We are proud of our Firm’s commitment to diversity and our communities. This commitment is reflected in Lane Powell’s hiring and promotion of women and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
The Diversity Committee's mission statement is as follows:
To illustrate Lane Powell’s continuing commitment to diversity, our attorneys have volunteered to participate in a cutting-edge program on racism, race relations, and racial problems in the legal profession. The six-week program, conducted by the Understanding Racism Foundation, included large law firms and was geared toward creating an understanding of the problems faced by minorities in our society. The program’s goal is to awaken participants to the awareness that racial problems still exist in our society, both overtly and subtly. And many individuals are unaware and are influenced by prior generations’ prejudice. It is hoped that this increased awareness will result in a more comfortable work environment for minorities and lead to greater attraction and retention of minorities. This program is ongoing, and Lane Powell is proud to have been the first firm to host it. Our attorneys have also participated in the Pre-law Conference for High School Students of Color sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division.
To incorporate diversity at all levels of staffing, we actively recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds; this supports our commitment to diversity while also creating a team of qualified professionals, a team which we are extremely proud to call Lane Powell.
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