The M&R Pro Bono Committee serves the wider community through representation of cases for the under served. The committee works with a host of organization to best match case needs with our firm resources. The committee is comprised of attorneys in each of our offices and is chaired by Jeff Farrow in our Orange County office. We have attorneys representing our offices in each state: Robert Estrin in California, Seth Darmstadter in Illinois, and Warren Koshofer in New York.
Pro Bono Providers
The Pro Bono committee, on behalf of M&R, has partnered with the following organizations in service to the surrounding communities:
(1) Bet Tzedek – California
They assist all communities to ensure they have access to legal services. Bet Tzedek is nationally recognized as a leader in providing services to low-income seniors, including elder abuse prevention and ensuring the elderly know their rights so they can protect their homes. Bet Tzedek also protects low-wage workers when they are illegally denied wages or other benefits.
(2) The Ronald McDonald House of Charities – California
The Ronald McDonald House of Charities help alleviate some financial burdens for families with sick children. They help families save over $930 million each year in lodging and meal costs alone.
(3) Public Counsel's Appellate Self-Help Clinic – California
The organization serves indigent pro per appellate civil litigants in the Second Appellate District.
(4) Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy – New York
This organization provides legal services to entrepreneurs and environmental non-profits working on sustainability projects. This organization appears to be more focused on transactional work, including incorporation, corporate governance, and contracts. One benefit of the program is that you work directly with start-ups who could turn into paying clients if successful.
(5) Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
This organization offers volunteer attorneys the chance to represent children and low-income individuals in a variety of mostly litigation-based settings. This aligns well with the firm’s expertise in commercial and complex litigation and touches upon many of the industries (financial services, insurance, real estate, etc.) of focus for M&R.