The pro bono work of private law firms is essential to close the justice gap and provides life-changing assistance to individuals, families, and communities. We are committed to closing the gap, providing pro bono legal services to those in need across our communities.
Our pro bono initiatives are focused on helping the most vulnerable members of our society, with emphasis in the areas of civil rights, employment rights, landlord tenant disputes, equal access to education, and LGBTQ rights.
We became involved in pro bono service by providing mentoring programs, training opportunities, and other dedicated services to support our people and the people they serve. We also collaborate with our clients and community partners to expand the reach of our pro bono efforts.
How does the firm define pro bono work?
Pro bono is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment. The term typically refers to provision of legal services by legal professionals for people who are unable to afford them.
Can you elaborate?
The term pro bono is used primarily in the legal profession. Lawyers who serve the public interest by providing free legal services to those in need do so on a pro bono basis. The provider is thought to be imparting a benefit for the greater good, instead of working for profit. The American Bar Association, which has a pro bono center on its website, recommends that all lawyers donate 50 hours a year to pro bono work.
What areas of law qualify for pro bono treatment?
Any area really. But we focus on civil rights, employment rights, equal access to education and educational opportunities, landlord tenant disputes, and any other area in which the client is unable to pay or qualify for a contingency payment agreement.
What is the history of pro bono in the legal profession?
In 1770, tensions between British soldiers and American colonists in Boston resulted in the shooting and killing of five Americans. John Adams, America's second president, defended the British soldiers who were prosecuted for the shootings. Although Adams believed in the American cause, he accepted the job of representing the British soldiers on a pro bono basis. No one else was willing to take the case, but Adams ultimately won.