SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP received the "Pro Bono Partner of the Year" award from Swords to Plowshares, a not-for-profit organization serving veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area, at the organization's 19th Annual Veterans Day Dinner, held Nov. 10 in San Francisco. The honor recognized Manatt for its significant pro bono efforts on behalf of veterans in the Bay Area.
"Manatt is proud to serve alongside Swords to Plowshares and humbled to be recognized in this way," said CEO and Managing Partner William Quicksilver. "While Veterans Day this week will bring attention to veterans' issues, the ongoing efforts of this wonderful organization are both comprehensive and critical all year long. We pledge to continue to fight on veterans' behalf against all obstacles that may impede their success."
Working with Swords to Plowshares, Manatt lawyers assist veterans in accessing benefits for disabilities related to their time in service. In just over two years since starting this collaborative effort with Swords, approximately 20 of the firm's San Francisco and Palo Alto attorneys have handled 27 cases for low-income and homeless veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area, accounting for more than 800 hours of pro bono support.
"Manatt has been a leader in Swords' pro bono program for veterans since its inception," said Kate Richardson, legal director of Swords to Plowshares. "The dedication and passion that the firm's attorneys bring to this work are impressive, and we are thrilled to honor Manatt as our 'Pro Bono Partner of the Year.'"
With 40 years of experience serving veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area, Swords to Plowshares provides wraparound care to more than 3,000 veterans each year, helping them break through the cultural, educational, psychological and economic barriers they often face in their transition back to the civilian world. The organization offers employment training and counseling, legal assistance, supportive housing programs, and health and social services, among other programs.
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