SEATTLE, Oct. 19, 2011 – Garvey Schubert Barer has been selected for the 2011 Appleseed Award for Pro Bono Service by Washington Appleseed. Firm volunteers, led by firm Owner and Washington Appleseed board of directors member Ronald J. Knox, have contributed more than 200 hours to the organization, helping in matters such as assessing and reporting on the impact of payday loans and advocating for the homeless. Firm volunteers also have been active in helping devise and implement the organization’s legal strategy.
“Ron and all of our volunteers should be lauded for their outstanding contribution to the community. As a firm, we feel very strongly that public service is vital to our personal and professional success and are proud to actively encourage all attorneys to devote 10 percent of their billable time to pro bono efforts and we provide up to 37.5 paid hours for staff members to volunteer,” said Anne Preston, Chair of Garvey Schubert Barer.
Founded in 2005, Washington Appleseed is a member of the Appleseed Network – an organization of 17 nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest centers across the U.S. and Mexico dedicated to identifying and correcting injustices in the community. Appleseed works to address problems through education, legal advocacy, community activism and by working to shape public policy. Notable accomplishments include helping thousands of unbanked families access financial services through the Bank on Seattle-King County program and helping more than 200 families gain permanent access to affordable housing working with the YWCA of Snohomish County. On the web at: http://www.waappleseed.org/.