CLARKSBURG -–Steptoe & Johnson attorneys and paralegals donated over 4,100 pro bono hours to matters in 2009, an increase of more than 700 hours from 2008.
Attorneys and paralegals throughout the firm donated time to needy individuals and organizations that serve communities throughout The Mountain State. Legal Aid of WV, WV Senior Legal Aid, Habitat for Humanity, WV CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), The Humane Society, Hope Inc., WV Rails-to-Trails Council, WV 2-1-1 and Honor Flight are some of the many organizations benefiting from the firm's philanthropic efforts.
For the past two years, Steptoe & Johnson has been awarded top honors for community service by the Pro Bono Referral Project, a program coordinated by Legal Aid of West Virginia. As the recipient of the "Law Firm Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Representation of West Virginians," Steptoe & Johnson was recognized for exceptional achievement in work performed for clients of limited means, as well as matters handled on behalf of religious, charitable and other non-profit entities.
"Steptoe & Johnson is highly committed to the concepts of community service and corporate philanthropy. The firm takes very seriously its responsibility to aid individuals in need and the entities that operate to improve those individuals' lives," said Sherri S. Whalen, Pro Bono coordinator.
Steptoe & Johnson is a business-focused firm with strengths in energy, labor, employment and litigation. It comprises over 180 lawyers resident in eight locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. For nearly a century, Steptoe & Johnson has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.