Our Dedication to Public Service
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has a longstanding tradition of handling pro bono matters for people with financial need, promoting legal representation and donating significant resources to ensuring justice for the indigent. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie manifested this tradition early on in cases such as Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), in which John P. Frank, John Flynn, and others, represented Ernesto Miranda in the landmark case giving rise to "Miranda Rights."
The firm is committed to maintaining this high standard of public service. Major pro bono cases handled by the firm in recent years include cases briefed and argued up through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving a Jewish prisoner's constitutional right to a Kosher diet, defendants sentenced to the death penalty, and aliens seeking political asylum. The firm also provides basic legal services to the poor through the local Volunteer Lawyers Program. As part of this program, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys staff a walk-in clinic twenty-five days per year.
The firm has a Pro Bono Committee comprised of partners and associates from different practice areas within the firm and all five of our offices. Pro bono service is encouraged and considered in associate evaluations. Pro bono cases are supervised the same as other matters within the firm. In fact, we look at pro bono matters as a way to give courtroom experience to new associates, and to team with partners for supervision and advice. We are also able to find pro bono matters for our transactional lawyers.
The firm annually honors the attorneys who perform extraordinary pro bono work and those who also contribute at least 50 pro bono hours. Each year, the attorney determined by the Pro Bono Committee to have shown the greatest commitment to pro bono hours is awarded the John P. Frank Pro Bono Award, and Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie hosts a banquet in the recipients honor, as well as to honor all who have met or exceeded the 50 hour contribution.