Pro bono work is a cornerstone of our firm’s values. This passion to advocate for the legal rights of those in need translates into the work we do to help our pro bono clients overcome life-changing challenges — from finding freedom through asylum and citizenship efforts, to securing housing for those facing eviction or homelessness, to representing and supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community, to fighting for those who are wrongly convicted, the list goes on and is always expanding.
Through continuous innovation and hard work, we are well-prepared to provide pro bono legal services that can make a real and lasting impact.
Some of the pro bono services we provide include:
- Legal clinics, presentations, and limited-scope legal representation to entrepreneurs and small business owners operating in historically excluded communities through our Neighborhood Business Initiative
- Representation of individuals on matters such as housing law, immigration, criminal defense, veterans-related legal assistance, LGBTQ+ rights, education, innocence, public benefits, and more
- Counsel for nonprofit organizations addressing a wide range of societal issues including, but not limited to, peace building and democracy initiatives, voting rights, racial justice, youth development and education, healthcare, and the environment
We have made both a local and a global impact with numerous influential moments, including forming the One Fund to assist Boston Marathon bombing victims, helping Massachusetts become the first US state to recognize marriage for same-sex couples, and successfully arguing a seminal immigration case before the US Supreme Court.
By the Numbers
The Neighborhood Business Initiative
The Robert B. Fraser Award
Established in 2000, the Robert B. Fraser Award is given annually to a Goodwin partner and associate for significant and impactful pro bono service to our clients as well as the establishment and expansion of pro bono programs at the firm.
Hear from our recipients what pro bono means to them and how they have helped make a difference.
What Our Lawyers Have to Say About Pro Bono
I have found that Goodwin’s commitment to pro bono is incredibly deep-rooted. As a lateral, pro bono work has been a great way to serve the community through well-supported, meaningful opportunities, while also collaborating with, and getting to know, other lawyers in the office.Lateral Counsel
As a corporate lawyer, it is easy to say — and believe — that my skill set doesn’t lend itself well to pro bono work. This could not be further from the truth; we just need to be creative and open to opportunities where we can help.Partner
I worked on very interesting pro bono matters (a trademark office action and an eviction case) that allowed me to practice skills and gain experience in other areas of the law, which I hope to apply to my pay-for-service work. I thought it was an excellent opportunity, and I think that anyone not participating in pro bono is missing out.Summer Associate
Pro Bono Recognition Highlights
Beacon of Justice Award for Goodwin’s commitment to pro bono legal services addressing systemic racial injustice
In recognition of the firm’s institutional commitment to pro bono work and the dedication of our lawyers and staff
Awarded Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients
Honored a Goodwin team for their work providing pro bono legal services to small businesses applying for loans through the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program