Date: July 19, 2005
Anchorage Attorney Named Chair of Statewide Pro Bono Committee
Anchorage, AK?July 19, 2005?The Alaska Bar Association named Anchorage attorney Robert K. Stewart, Jr. as Chair to the statewide Pro Bono Services Committee. Under Stewart?s leadership, the 17 member committee will address the ongoing equal justice needs of low-income Alaskans by encouraging increased pro bono service by the state?s attorneys.
?As a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, Bob Stewart brings both experience and demonstrated leadership in the pro bono arena?, noted Jonathon A. Katcher, President of the Alaska Bar Association, ?Our members and community are lucky to have him working on our behalf in such an important area?. A member of the Davis Wright Tremaine Pro Bono Committee since 2000, Stewart has served as Chair from 2002 through 2004 and manages a heavy pro bono caseload in addition to his traditional labor and public procurement law practice.
Mr. Stewart is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Administration magna cum laude from Western Washington University; he earned his J.D. at Stanford Law School where he served as Vice President for Community Affairs of the Environmental Law Society. Clearly, public service is his calling. ?I am honored to be chosen to lead this very important initiative?, said Stewart, ?Our firm is deeply committed to giving back to our community and I applaud the Alaska Bar Association for making this a priority for the Alaska legal community. As one of our founding partners, John Davis, so often reminded us, ?A life is worth living when it is dedicated to the service of others.??
The need for equal justice access in Alaska is acute. According to the Alaska Supreme Court Civil Access to Justice Task Force Report, approximately 50% of Alaska?s 80,000 low-income citizens will face a legal need in any given year.