We understand that our firm is part of a wider community. The cityscape out of our windows is more than scenery—it’s a reminder of our corporate responsibility. By giving back, we stay connected, open-minded, and humble. More than that, it’s the right thing to do.
When they’re not in the courtroom, Willenken lawyers can be found striving to improve quality of life in the communities where they live and work. For example, our lawyers volunteer their time in neighborhood organizations such as KTown for All, a homeless outreach and advocacy group in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. They also serve on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization providing free legal services for the poor and underserved communities in the greater Los Angeles area.
In addition to Los Angeles communities, our lawyers strive to serve the overall legal community. One of our lawyers is a member of the Board of Visitors of The National Judicial College, the foremost judicial education group in the U.S. As an Asian Pacific-American (APA)-owned firm, it is also important to our firm to support other APA lawyers. Our attorneys are members of various minority bar associations such as the Japanese American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, U.S.-Japan Council, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, with the intent to advance APA lawyer visibility and leadership opportunities within the legal profession.
Willenken is also committed to giving back to the community through pro bono legal work. Our firm not only encourages attorneys to undertake pro bono work, we make it possible for them to actually find the time to do so. As a result, our lawyers donate hundreds of hours each year to pro bono cases.
Our attorneys do pro bono work with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Public Counsel, and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). We have taken on and won challenging asylum cases in immigration court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and prevailed in cases in which women sought relief under the Violence Against Women Act.