Since its inception in 2001, Love Your Lawyer Day has given attorneys and clients an opportunity to publicly appreciate the hard work and dedication of lawyers across the country.
Because Super Lawyers focuses on commending top-rated attorneys, the first Friday of November is a chance to look back at the great work accomplished by our selectees throughout the previous year. On this Love Your Lawyer Day, Super Lawyers wants to recognize their important pro bono work.
Lee’s pro bono work focuses on children’s advocacy and domestic violence cases, shedding light on some of the darkest places.
“Since so many people helped me along the way, I think it would be very arrogant not to turn around and help others,” Lee said. “Pro bono work is my way of doing that.”
After getting her undergrad, Lee spent a year working at the California Science Center. She helped set up the Rosa Parks Community Computer and Learning Center in 1997, and actually got to meet Ms. Parks. “She really inspired me,” Lee said. “So I applied to law school, thinking I could do some children’s advocacy work.”
A partner at Ballard Spahr, Vehrs helps businesses with litigation matters. She also serves as pro bono counsel to immigrants who have been victims of crimes, human rights abuses and human trafficking. She works to get them U visas (issued to victims of serious crime) and T visas (for victims of human trafficking).
The work gives Vehrs a valuable perspective. “This isn’t the ordinary work that we do,” she says. “The experiences that we get, and the opportunities to learn about them, and learn from them and help them, are life-changing.”
Steed dedicates a lot of his time to pro bono work. In fact, he puts in at least 200 hours annually on pro bono, and one year he hit the 500-hour mark.
His pro bono cases have ranged from same-sex marriage and divorce issues to immigration and criminal justice. He’s represented prisoners battling for health care and ex-prisoners seeking to expunge criminal records.
“There are a lot of people out there who don’t get big lawyers because they can’t afford them. If there are cases where I feel I can help and they’re interesting, I will try,” said Steed. “You become a better person helping people who need help, but you also become a better lawyer getting experience you might not have otherwise gotten.”
Super Lawyers wishes you a very special Love Your Lawyer Day. As you celebrate, make sure you head over to LawyerMarketing.com and enter the prize drawings as a token of appreciation for all you do!