Building community in Boston

Whether racing around town for a good cause or teaching students about the justice system, people in our Boston office invest their time and experience to strengthen the community through Citizenship and pro bono efforts.

Boston Office Managing Partner Bill Lovett was one of the founders of the Lawyers Have Heart annual 5K. He co-chaired the race in 2016 and is the 2018 chair. The race is held each spring by the American Heart Association, and our Boston office has sponsored the race every year of its 11-year existence. The office has donated over US$100,000 to the American Heart Association in support of the race, and a generous portion of the office participates in the annual 5K.

Through the Discovering Justice mock trial program, our lawyers, led by senior associate Lauren Graber, spend 11 weeks working with middle school students after school. We help students tackle age-appropriate legal issues, engage in legal analysis, and prepare them to argue cases at the Moakley Federal Courthouse before judges and juries made up of volunteer community members. The nonprofit program offers in-school, after-school, and courthouse field trip programs that teach elementary and middle school students about the justice system, the role of law in a democratic society, and the fundamental importance of good citizenship.

Our support for local children doesn't end with mock trials. Our Boston office is a proud sponsor of YouthConnect, an advocacy and intervention program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston that help the most high-risk youth make positive life choices though relationships with social workers. Alex Watson Bailey, a senior associate, is on the advisory board for the program. Our sponsorship helps to place social workers in police stations throughout the city of Boston, allowing the social workers to help intervene with the child in the moments that they are most at risk of making negative life choices.

We proudly support U.S. veterans through the Veterans Legal Services (VLS). The VLS promotes self-sufficiency, stability and financial security for Veterans in Massachusetts through accessible legal service. We participate in the annual Operation Stand Down event, which helps Veterans obtain healthcare, legal and other services. In addition to our work with VLS, we participate in "Stand Down," an annual event that brings together lawyers to provide legal services for veterans in need of assistance.

Pro bono work

Firmly believing that every person is entitled to a fair and complete trial process, we provide pro bono litigation services across New England. We handle a broad range of matters; here are some examples:

  • With former Assistant U.S. Attorneys resident in our Boston office, we proudly handle pro bono cases on behalf of veterans across the country. Most recently, we successfully handled a matter in the U.S. District Court involving a wounded Army veteran who was improperly denied a medical retirement. To help him correct his discharge status, we were involved in a suit against the Army and National Guard, proudly prevailing on his behalf.
  • We have the stamina to see pro bono cases through to completion over the long haul. We worked for many years as pro bono counsel in connection with a death penalty case in Connecticut. After lengthy advocacy for an appeal for a death penalty convict, the state of Connecticut abolished the death penalty.
  • We obtained clemency from President Obama in connection with a Connecticut resident who had a Federal conviction of conspiracy to distribute drugs.
  • Our Boston lawyers are very active in the Women's Bar Foundation and the Boston Bar Foundation. Both organizations provide access to justice for the community at large. We have a rich history of leadership, committee participation, volunteer work and financial support of these well-respected foundations.

Community outreach

The Boston office has a long tradition of community support and advocacy. We partner with a range of organizations that bring together lawyers and those in need of legal support. Some of the organizations we partner with include:

  • We support the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) and serve on the organization's Society of Fellows, a group of lawyers who pledge to provide financial support to the BBF endowment, which funds programs to enhance legal services and access to justice for underserved populations and supports the public interest activities of the bar. We are long-term supporters of the BBF and its rich history as the official charity of the Boston Bar Association. One of our partners is a former president of the BBF, and many lawyers have served on the board of directors and as committee chairs. Through this deep support, we help the BBF to be a philanthropic leader with lasting impact for the communities in and around Boston.
  • One of our partners was the chair of the Boston Bar Association (BBA)'s Criminal Justice Reform Working Group, producing a report entitled "No Time to Wait," which gave recommendations for a fair and effective criminal justice system in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This group, comprised of deeply experienced practitioners with a diverse array of backgrounds, identified six key areas where broader reforms are supported by years of studies and empirical data.
  • There is a rich history of Bostonian women lawyers who give their time, resources, and energy to the Women's Bar Foundation, providing pro bono legal services to low-income women and their families.
  • We are a proud supporter of the Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), helping them to provide free legal assistance and representation on matters to hundreds of the neediest residents in the city of Boston and 31 surrounding communities. One of our partners serves on the GBLS Board of Directors and the firm has supported its mission for many years.
  • The Boston office has been a long-time supporter of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR)'s efforts to secure equal justice for all through the law, especially in connection with confronting racial and ethnic minority inequities. One of our partners sits on the LCCR board of directors, spearheading support to advance awareness of diversity issues.

Our lawyers and staff give tirelessly of their time and resources to support people within the communities where we work and live. Their contributions are making an impressive impact on many lives through their collective activities in shelters, food pantries, schools, religious organizations, and recreational programs.

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