This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the U.S. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking an experienced Pro Bono Manager to join our team in Seattle. This position is responsible for managing firm-wide pro bono efforts; sourcing new pro bono opportunities; developing strategies for supporting and enhancing pro bono participation; identifying opportunities and directing attorneys for professional development; integrating pro bono and attorney professional development goals; ensuring adherence to firm policies; representing the firm to legal services and related communities; and publicizing the firm’s pro bono achievements.
At Davis Wright Tremaine, you will find challenging assignments, opportunities for professional growth and community involvement, and a culture of inclusion and innovation.
Manage DWT’s firm wide pro bono program
Align pro bono opportunities with attorney needs and interests by serving as the primary connector between attorneys, practice groups and outside organizations that provide pro bono opportunities, CLE’s and trainings, and technical support.
Research the pro bono needs of local communities with DWT offices and identify opportunities that address the needs and interests of individual attorneys and practice groups.
Collaborate with community partners on the development of emerging legal services projects as they complement the interests and needs of our attorneys.
Be the firm’s expert on pro bono policies and procedures, respond to attorney and staff inquiries and be the clearinghouse for referrals, legal information materials, forms and community resources.
Be knowledgeable about and implement programmatic best practices.
Attend internal and external pro bono-related meetings, conferences and workshops as appropriate.
Facilitate integration of pro bono opportunities with attorney development goals and training programs and policies, developing appropriate and positive approaches.
Work with office managers to consult on and recommend pro bono giving decisions and assist with charitable giving processes.
Manage the litigation practice group’s participation in King County Prosecutor’s Office Felony Trial Fellowship.
Ensure policy compliance
Screen requests for pro bono services from outside individuals and entities including referrals from firm clients. Identify and head off potential quality assurance concerns such as positional conflicts, and reassigning cases of departing attorneys.
Perform analysis upon intake of potential new pro bono matters for compliance with policies, conflicts, billable credit eligibility and appropriate supervision, assigning client/matter numbers and compiling statistics and record keeping.
Manage Pro Bono Committee
Provide staff leadership and consultation to the Pro Bono Committee concerning development of new or modified firm policies and attorney participation strategies, and assist in drafting the committee’s annual report to the Executive Committee.
Provide input regarding committee membership.
Maintain the committee’s key document.
Recognition for the firm
Collaborate across departments to produce and distribute internal and external reports and communications regarding the firm’s pro bono service and initiatives; including maintaining the firm’s portal content.
Describe the firm’s important cases, victories and contributions by responding to survey requests (e.g. ABA Pro Bono Challenge Report, NALP, bar associations, etc.).
Coordinate with Marketing & Business Development Department regarding support for key client relationships through sponsorships and contributions.
Public speaking at pro bono events, presentations to new and summer associates, both within the firm and public-facing.
Join us if you have
7+ years of experience providing legal pro bono support required; experience in a large, multi-office law firm is and with law-related nonprofits preferred.
BS/BA degree or equivalent experience required; JD preferred.
Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office products (Word XP, Excel, Outlook).
Demonstrated ability to employ independent judgment in developing strategies and approaches to strengthen the firm’s pro bono commitments, be self-motivated and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously, work under pressure and meet deadlines, required.
Ability to work discreetly with highly confidential and sensitive information.
Ability to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles, excellent grammar, spelling and proofreading skills. Ability to pay close attention to detail and use resources effectively and efficiently.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing in a professional, courteous manner with clients, outside contacts, lawyers and staff.
Ability to travel to offices and conferences.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP believes that every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is Davis Wright Tremaine’s policy to hire, promote, transfer, terminate, and make all employment-related decisions without regard to an employee’s race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal laws.
Physical Requirements While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
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About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.