From The Denver Business Journal
by Lisa Wirthman
In an industry defined by billable hours, the Polsinelli law firm prioritizes philanthropy by giving staff credit for community involvement. For its lawyers, the national firm treats time spent on pro bono cases as billable hours. For non-lawyers, the firm also provides paid time for volunteering during the work day.
"We're not looking to be a firm without local roots," said Stacy Carpenter, shareholder in Polsinelli's Denver office and head of the company's commercial litigation practice group. "In order to be a business that is committed to our communities, and to everything going on around us, we encourage community service and pro bono work by everybody in the firm."
The Denver office provides pro bono work to the Children's Law Center, Denver Public Schools and Mile High United Way.
"Sometimes when you write a check, you're done and you don't feel the impact," Denver's Stacy Carpenter told The Denver Business Journal. "When you're actually out there representing a kid, or buying a kid a birthday present, you feel the impact a lot more."
Beyond its involvement with the Children's Law Center, Polsinelli's Vision Program also supports kids and education in non-legal ways. Through a partnership with Denver Public Schools and Mile High United Way, local employees went to Columbine Elementary School to read one-one-one with third graders to help increase student engagement and raise reading scores.
In the last fiscal year, Polsinelli donated about 4,000 hours of pro bono work, and during fiscal years 2013-2014 the firm contributed more than $130,000 to nonprofit organizations.
But although the company's commitment to philanthropy is important, it's the commitment of the people who work there that ultimately drives results, Carpenter said.
The firm is featured in the November 21 edition of The Denver Business Journal.
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