Pro BonoProviding pro bono services is an important part of life at Tonkon Torp. In keeping with ABA standards, we encourage our lawyers to spend at least 50 hours each year on pro bono matters. In practice, we spend many more, donating thousands of hours annually to legal and community service activities.
We encourage all lawyers to follow their own interests in choosing pro bono activities. In addition, we have made a commitment as a firm to the Southeast Legal Clinic administered by the Oregon Law Center. Tonkon Torp lawyers periodically work at the Clinic for two hours a week, seeing up to four clients per session. For example, we were involved in constitutional litigation concerning the proposed suspension of appointments of indigent defense counsel in about 27,000 cases. This litigation has gone to the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The firm credits up to 50 hours per associate per year of approved pro bono legal services toward the annual billable hour goal. Partners are expected to fulfill the pro bono commitment in addition to meeting their annual billable hour goal.