Baker Marquart gives back to the community. We became lawyers to help others. Through pro bono efforts, teaching and charitable work, our attorneys strive to improve our communities and make a positive difference in other’s lives.
The firm is committed to pro bono work. Each Baker Marquart attorney is asked to accept one pro bono engagement per year. We strongly believe it is important to help people who are all too often denied basic access to legal advice due to a lack of financial resources and knowledge. We have provided free representation to a wide range of clients – including: immigrants threatened with removal proceedings, victims of civil rights violations and individuals in need of assistance to obtain access to various government assistance programs. Recently, the firm tried a Central District Pro Bono Panel case against the San Bernardino Police Department for excessive use of force on behalf of a client injured during arrest and now confined to a wheel-chair. The firm has accepted another Pro Bono Panel engagement that is set for trial in 2018.
In addition, several Baker Marquart attorneys devote time to teaching the next generation of lawyers. For the past several years, Brian Klein and Scott Malzahn have served as Adjunct Professors at USC’s Gould School of Law. Brian teaches a Criminal Procedure seminar. His students undoubtedly appreciate the real-life “war story” of Brian’s experiences as a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Scott teaches several courses to international students, including Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Liberties and Contracts. Before joining the USC faculty, Scott taught Civil Procedure and Legal Research and Writing in a paralegal program at UCLA and served as a volunteer coach for a local high school debate program.
Baker Marquart attorneys are also involved with and support various charitable organizations. In addition to his pro bono civil rights work through the California Central District pro bono panel and Public Counsel, Ryan currently serves on the Board of Advisors of After-School All-Stars, a non-profit organization providing after-school educational enrichment activities for children. Ryan is also an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. In addition, Ryan is a member of the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art Curator’s Counsel. Jaime devotes 2-3 hours a week to anonymous community service and has been a long-time donor to and member of the ACLU. He also supports 826LA, which offers after-school writing programs aimed at helping local youth gain their voice, and RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). Brian is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, a non-profit legal services center that assists low-income and immigrant populations. Brian is also a member of the California Central District pro bono panel. Scott currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Don has volunteered as an American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services press liaison and has served on various boards and committees in his community. Through the firm’s own pro bono activities and its unwavering support of the interests of its individual attorneys, Baker Marquart is committed to giving back to our communities.