The attorneys of Winder & Counsel are committed to annually providing a generous number of pro bono legal service hours to the community. Such services include representation of pro bono clients referred to Winder & Counsel by the Utah State Bar.
The firm’s pro bono commitment has included services in many areas including: domestic temporary restraining orders, workers’ compensation, and criminal misdemeanor representation.
In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, Winder & Counsel attorneys also answered the call of both the American Bar Association and Utah State Bar by providing free legal representation to United States military personnel and their families in matters ranging from personal injury settlement negotiations to workers’ compensation representation.
In 2002, Winder & Counsel attorneys again answered the call through Dialogue on Freedom presentations to secondary school students.
Winder & Counsel is also part of the consortium of law firms that brought the September 11th class action against Osama Bin-Laden, Iran and dozen of terrorist organizations and state sponsors of terrorism. To participate, each law firm agreed to contribute $25,000 and hundreds of hours per year in this fight against terrorism. (Winder & Counsel shares these contributions with its Utah partner, the firm of Burbidge, Mitchell and Gross).
Further, Winder & Counsel has brought the first wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit by U. S. servicemen under Anti-Terrorism statutes against the estate of Ahmad Sa’id Khadr for the acts of his 15 year-old son, Omar, an Al Qaeda member in a fire fight in Afghanistan.
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
Winder & Counsel also annually donates time to “And Justice for All,” a program founded by the three largest legal aid organizations in Utah—Disability Law Center, Utah Legal Services and Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake.
Winder & Counsel provides free legal assistance for Utah’s most vulnerable citizens, including those living in poverty, individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors, minorities and victims of domestic violence.
UTAH STATE BAR VOLUNTEER SERVICES
In addition to its commitment to pro bono legal representation, Winder & Counsel attorneys participate in various volunteer legal activities through the Utah State Bar.
Through a State Bar Committee, Donald J. Winder served as Chair of the Civility Code Subcommittee for the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism and was the principal author of Utah’s Principles of Professionalism and Civility. These Principles will have a profound affect upon clients and their lawyers.
Winder & Counsel attorneys also participate in the Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program offered by the Utah State Bar. This program provides access to legal representation for people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay standard attorney rates.
In addition, Winder & Counsel attorneys have participated in the “Tuesday Night Bar,” a free legal counseling clinic offered by the Utah State Bar on Tuesday nights throughout the year.
OTHER BAR SERVICES
As part of ABOTA’s “Justice by the People” program, hundreds of interactive curriculum kits have been distributed in Salt Lake City and statewide to school teachers. The program teaches school children about one of our most important rights: trial by jury.
Donald J. Winder has presented the program to students, taught teachers how to present the curriculum and served on the Utah Supreme Court Education for Justice Project. As part of Primerus’ “Liberty in Law” program, Winder & Counsel sponsored Annie Quinn, the first national essay and scholarship winner.