Botkin Chiarello Calaf is committed to more than just smart, effective, and pragmatic legal advocacy for our clients. Our actions demonstrate our values.
We believe that when you earn a law degree, it comes with an obligation to use it to make the world a better place for those who can’t afford a lawyer, for our community as a whole, and for those who come after us. That is why we dedicate hundreds of hours to pro bono work to representing clients in both civil and criminal matters; taking on impact litigation to protect constitutional rights, as well as individual cases that will alter the destiny of one person; and sometimes spending a few hours at a weekly legal clinic, while other times undertaking a case that will span a decade. Our lawyers have represented, for example, a group of citizens in Llano challenging the county’s decision censor public libraries—removing books addressing LGTBQ+ issues and systemic racism from the public library case; minority organizations challenging the constitutionality of presidential winner-take all laws in Texas; immigrants seeking asylum; criminal defendants arguing ineffective assistance of counsel on appeal; and a Texas woman whose criminal conviction and 25-year prison sentence stems from her status as a domestic violence survivor.
Our attorneys are also committed to elevating and improving the legal profession. Our contributions of time and energy has led to leadership positions in a variety of legal organizations.