Russell Evans Receives Pro Bono Award
The law offices of Pearson Butler are pleased to announce that well-respected attorney Russell Evans was recognized by Celebrate Pro Bono as one of the “Distinguished Pro Bono Volunteer Legal Clinic Attorneys” for his legal services at the Rainbow Law Clinic.
Russell Evans explains, “I have been volunteering at the Rainbow Law Clinic for the past 5 years. It has been a wonderful experience for many different reasons. First, I get to help out a community that is vulnerable and marginalized and help them access the court system. We have helped hundreds of individuals with family law issues (custody, divorce, parent-time, etc.), landlord-tenant issues, discrimination and name, and gender marker changes. Second, I get to work with law students who are eager to learn and provide great insights to our clients. Finally, I get to work with lawyers who are passionate about helping others. We exchange information from our different practice areas and spend much of our evenings looking up local statutes, differing state laws, discussing pending legislation and court decisions that will affect our clients. We all agree that the best part for us is the camaraderie we feel with each other and the students. It is a win, win, win.”
“Russell Evans is solid legal practitioner,” adds Jeff Butler. “His vast legal experience makes him an invaluable attorney at our law firm. But what makes Mr. Evans so endearing is his strong desire to help others with their legal needs. We are grateful and fortunate to be able to work with him.”
Russell has worked with the Rainbow Law Clinic for several years. “I first found out about the Rainbow Law Clinic when I was attending the Pride Festival and came across a booth run by the University of Utah Law School group called the Outlaws (gay students and allies)”, Mr. Evans continues. “I was so happy to find a place to give back to the community that has embraced me since coming out 7 years ago. Celebrate Pro Bono is sponsored by the University of Utah Law School, the Utah State Bar, and the Pro Bono Initiative. It was a privilege to be recognized for doing something that I thoroughly enjoy. There are so many others that donate time and resources to those who need access to the legal system. As attorneys, we are strongly encouraged to give of our time in service to those around us. I am glad that there are organizations that help facilitate service to the public, especially those members of the public who don’t have the financial resources to hire their own attorney.”
About Attorney Russell Evans
Russell Evans graduated from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1995. He then returned to Salt Lake City to practice law. Since that time he has practiced in the following areas: juvenile law, family law, real estate law, and bankruptcy. For the last 13 years, nearly all of his time has been spent working with debtors in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. He has served on the Bankruptcy Rules Committee for several years and is now serving on the Utah Bankruptcy Law Forum committee. Russell has been involved with the filing of 1000’s of cases and enjoys helping people reorganize their debt and get a fresh start.