International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm’s Salt Lake City office has been named the Utah Bar’s 2019 Pro Bono Publico Law Firm of the Year.

Dorsey’s Salt Lake City office was recognized for the pro bono work it provides through the Utah Bar’s Landlord/Tenant Pro Se Representation Program and for hours of service provided in asylum cases. Dorsey lawyers currently dedicate one day each month to advise and represent individuals who are being evicted. The firm’s Salt Lake attorneys were also participants in a pilot Asylum Pro Bono Program where they represented selected individuals from Latin American countries seeking asylum in the United States, taking three cases to trial in the Spring and Summer of 2018.

Since becoming a charter signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge in 1993, Dorsey has met the Challenge each year and contributed at least three percent of billable hours to pro bono work. In 2018, Dorsey’s U.S. offices logged more than 35,000 challenge pro bono hours. 

“Community is a Dorsey core value, and pro bono work is one of the most important ways we give back to the community,” said Bill Stoeri, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “Our Salt Lake City attorneys exemplify that core value through their commitment and passion to help the disadvantaged in our communities obtain access to legal services. We are extremely proud of this recognition.”

The Pro Bono Publico awards were presented on May 1 at the Utah Bar annual Law Day Luncheon. The awards were given to four individuals and one law firm that contributed to the advancement of justice by their volunteer efforts.