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Jenner & Block Partner Matthew L. Haws is profiled in the “Pro Bono Effect” column in the March issue of Washington Lawyer, a publication of the DC Bar. Titled “Using Global Experience to Tackle Problems Here at Home,” the article highlights Mr. Haws’ career and pro bono commitment. In a question-and-answer format, Matt discusses his first legal job – in Ethiopia, where he arbitrated violations of the laws of war – and his switch to practicing in the government contracts space.
The article highlights the broad range of Matt’s pro bono work through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center over the last 10 years, including a recent victory in a child custody case from the DC Bar’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic. “Jenner & Block has a long tradition of pro bono representation,” Mr. Haws explains. “We participate in the Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic, so each year, we take on a number of cases and provide full representation. … [My client] was thrown into the judicial process, potentially to lose custody of her child. She had a status hearing coming up and we were able to go with her into that hearing and help her tell her story effectively to the judge. We got a great outcome. The judge awarded her sole custody as a result of that hearing.”
Asked how he spends time away from his many commitments, Mr. Haws says that he lives on a small farm, with chickens, turkeys and bees. “It is a side of life that is very vital and basic,” he says.