One of the foundational principles of Hutchison & Steffen is for the Firm to be a meaningful influence for good in the communities in which we live and work. That commitment extends to providing hundreds of hours of legal services each year free of charge to individuals who desperately need a lawyer, but who cannot afford one. We were so very proud when the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada recently recognized Hutchison & Steffen as its Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year. Below is the press release about our wonderful lawyers and the legal team whose hard work and dedication to doing good in our communities were highlighted. We continue today our pro bono work for those who often need champions to secure justice under the law.
Hutchison & Steffen Named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by Legal Aid Center Of Southern Nevada
Firm Also Received the Lied Award for Most Pro Bono Cases by a Law Firm
LAS VEGAS, NV — Hutchison & Steffen is honored to be named the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Additionally, the Firm received the Lied Award for Most Pro Bono Cases by a Law Firm. These awards come after a years-long commitment from the Firm to provide high-quality pro bono legal service to the Southern Nevada community in conjunction with the Legal Aid Center. The awards were presented at the 20th Annual Pro Bono Awards on Friday, December 11, 2020, during a virtual ceremony.
For years, Hutchison & Steffen has been a proponent of the work of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and its attorneys have dedicated countless hours and resources to the assistance of the Center’s clients. Early in 2012, the Firm announced that they would be adopting a practice group through the Center and became the first Firm in Southern Nevada to ever “formally adopt” a practice group. While the Legal Aid group does have full-time attorneys on staff, they are only able to handle approximately 80 percent of the domestic violence cases. When this information was presented to the Firm, the partners decided adopting the practice group would make the most significant impact.
“Pro bono work has always been a priority for the Firm, and I’m pleased that even through the tough times of the pandemic, all attorneys were able to make time to care for the members of the community who need them most,” said Patricia Lee, Partner with Hutchison & Steffen. “Throughout 2020, we’ve seen countless legal matters come up as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – domestic violence has increased, evictions and bankruptcies have increased as a result of job loss, and more, and people should have access to the legal counsel they need to help them.”
In 2020, the attorneys of Hutchison & Steffen spent more than 600 hours working on pro bono cases for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, with four attorneys in the 100+ hour club.
“The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has a special place in the community and in our Firm,” said John T. Steffen, Managing Partner. “The Firm’s ability to come together to provide hours of legal counsel to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it is amazing. We, of course, don’t work with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada for the recognition, but it is an honor to receive these awards for our pro bono service, especially this year when so many have struggled. I look forward to many more years working with the Center to provide the legal assistance our community needs.”
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is the agency of last resort for many low-income individuals and families who face critical legal problems that affect their basic needs. The Pro Bono Project coordinates private attorneys who generously volunteer to provide free legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford an attorney.
“In my opinion, nothing we do at Hutchison & Steffen is more important than the pro bono work we do. Everyone deserves to have high-quality legal representation irrespective of their ability to pay for it, and I thank the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada for allowing Hutchison & Steffen to be able to provide that for the Las Vegas community,” said Lee.