Pro Bono Volunteers of the Month – July 2015
The Attorneys of Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara, LLP
Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara, LLP (“Bremer Whyte”) is an AV rated firm that provides a full range of transaction and litigation services to businesses and individuals. The firm has more than 80 attorneys and offices in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Northern California, Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, and Denver. Their attorneys are experienced in corporate law; contract negotiation and drafting; personal, product and property injury law; advertising loss; copyright and trademark infringement; family law; construction law; insurance coverage; employment law; estate planning; and, general business and personal litigation services.
In May of 2015, with the support of firm partners, Peter Brown and Nelson Cohen, the firm made a strong commitment to the Children’s Attorneys Project, an area of law in which their attorneys had virtually no knowledge or experience. Every attorney in the firm’s Las Vegas office accepted ONE pro bono case in which they would be representing children in an abuse and neglect matter. The Pro Bono Project presented a CLE seminar on the Basics of Representing Children in Abuse & Neglect Cases at the firm and each volunteer attorney was assigned a mentor and provided with a training manual and access to sample pleadings. While they are only three months into their commitment, the attorneys have expressed that representing children is, by far, the most rewarding work they do.
In addition to working on pro bono cases, the firm’s attorneys have also shown their dedication to the Children’s Attorneys Project by encouraging their colleagues to get involved. Because of their enthusiasm, the Las Vegas Defense Lawyers, an organization of civil defense attorneys, recently agreed to get involved with the Children’s Attorneys Project and will be offering a CLE seminar later this year for members who would like to represent children in abuse and neglect cases.
As a result of the generous actions of the attorneys at Bremer Whyte, over twenty children who did not previously have legal representation, now have a voice in the legal proceedings that affect their future. This was made possible due to the strong support and commitment of firm partners, Peter Brown and Nelson Cohen. They not only encouraged the firm’s attorneys to take a pro bono case; they made it a requirement. And the firm’s not stopping at one case per attorney, their future goal, once the attorneys are more comfortable in this arena, is to increase the requirement to 2 open pro bono abuse & neglect cases per attorney at all times. What a difference one firm can make!
Thank you Attorneys of Bremer Whyte for volunteering your time and expertise to this worthwhile cause!