More than 65,000 hours for the (public) good.
Very often those who most need legal representation can least afford to pay for it. Whether it’s guidance on housing, immigration, criminal defense or small business development, free and reliable legal counsel can make real and lasting changes in people’s lives and livelihoods. That’s why pro bono work is one of the cornerstones of our firm. Our attorneys, summer associates and paralegals work on a wide range of pro bono matters. Last year, we dedicated more than 65,000 hours to over 650 matters.
Goodwin’s pro bono work not only affects the local communities in which we work and live, but also improves the lives of people in other parts of the world. Our lawyers assist low-income individuals with poverty law issues, and we also assist national and international nonprofit organizations on governance issues, intellectual property, real estate, tax, employment and environmental matters. In addition, our attorneys have been very involved in the area of microfinance, helping nonprofit organizations in the sector to make complex cross-border investments in emerging markets and to solve sophisticated regulatory issues.
Goodwin has been widely recognized by clients and legal services partners for our pro bono achievements. These achievements are emblematic of our lawyers’ generosity of spirit and a desire to help those in need.
No matter how big or small, how monumental the issues or how routine, every pro bono matter receives the same level of dedication, professionalism, and care. The firm greatly appreciates the energy, commitment, and creativity that all of the attorneys and other legal professionals involved bring to our Pro Bono Initiative.
More than 65,000 hours for the (public) good.
The Neighborhood Business Initiative (NBI) is a program founded and run by Goodwin to bring business and legal services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Greater Boston, New York and California, who are members of under-served communities, or whose businesses positively impact under-served neighborhoods.
The Initiative's primary activities are to provide, on a pro bono basis, legal resources, workshops and clinics in under-served urban neighborhoods, as well as one-on-one direct pro bono representation.
NBI is led by a committee of Goodwin partners, associates and professional staff.
Goodwin recently partnered with Gillette on a pro bono immigration case for a ten-year-old girl escaping gang violence in El Salvador. Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), which matches pro bono lawyers with unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings across the country, made this success possible.
Read the full story in the Pro Bono Attorneys of the Month feature on KIND’s website
- Kevin DeJong received special recognition for all of his support of KIND at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on September 10, 2019.
- Goodwin was selected to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Washington Lawyer's Committee for its tenacious and successful litigation in the Mengiste and York cases, which sent a strong message to housing providers that discrimination against persons based on national origin and on sexual identity will not go unpunished.
- The Pereira Litigation Team was the recipient of the 2019 AILA Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the Field of Immigration Law.
- Goodwin's Senior Manager, Gia Casale, was recognized with the Award for Pro Bono and Community Service at the annual Civil Rights Reception for her leadership with FoodBiz.
- David Zimmer received the Mass Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law Pro Bono Award.
- David Hashmall accepted the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice award for services provided at their 50th Anniversary Event. Samuel Hoar (Goodwin attorney) was one of the 14 founders of the Boston Lawyers Committee in 1968 and Goodwin has played an important role in the founding and flourishing of this outstanding organization.
- Justin Pierce, Andrew Kim, Andrew Bastnagel, Thomas Hefferon, Joeseph Yenouskas, Tierney Smith, Adam Chud, William Jay and Brian Burgess were presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of great work with the DC Parole Project.
- The Califonria Innocense Project Recognized for the firm's Case Screening Program.
- Buzzard's Bay Coalition honored Greg Bibler for his work on a host of Coalition advocacy issues, beginning in 2011, to help expedite the release of Massachusetts Estuaries Project reports that form the foundation of Bay cleanup plans called TMDLs. Bibler has also represented the Coalition in its appeal of Falmouth’s wastewater treatment plant permit in 2015 and in a recent case involving a Mattapoisett homeowner who converted nearly a half-acre of sensitive wetlands on Eel Pond to lawn.
- The International Municipal Lawyers Association recognized Brett Schuman, Brian Burgess and Neel Chatterjee with the distinguished Amicus Service Award for their work in San Francisco v. Trump.
- Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) honors Goodwin with the “Firm of the Year” Award for its work on behalf of DACA applicants.
- Elaine Blais honored for her commitment to community and pro bono work with the Boston Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award, presented annually to a lawyer in Greater Boston for extraordinary efforts in enhancing the human dignity of others through improving or delivering services to Massachusetts’ low income population.
- MA Supreme Judicial Court honors the firm with the Adams Pro Bono Publico Award for its for its extraordinary dedication to representing unaccompanied immigrant minors, and its innovative pro bono partnership with in-house lawyers at Gillette to serve the needs of these children.
- The Legal Aid Society of New York recognized Goodwin with the Society's 2017 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. Frederick Rein, Michael Cottler, Amanda Protess, Christopher Morten, Tiffany Mahmood, Nicole Tate-Naghi, Jonathan Whitney, Tobias Schad were also recognized individually.
- Victim Rights Law Center selected the firm to receive its Champion Award.
- The Legal Aid Society of NY honors the firm with its Pro Bono Publico Award recognizing our exceptional legal services delivered to low income New Yorkers; also honors Goodwin and IBM for its Naturalization Project.
- Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) recognizes partner Marian Tse with the Dow-Gardner-Landrum award for her service on its Board and her long-term commitment to ensuring that poor people have access to justice.
- The California State Bar recognized Teddy Manolova with its President’s Pro Bono Award.
- Lawyers Alliance for NY recognizes Mark Schonberger with the 2016 Cornerstone Award for pro bono excellence
- Rob Hale was recognized by pro bono client, Gosnold on Cape Cod.
- Artisits for Humanity honored Goodwin for its outstanding support of the Center and the arts community.
- Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs honors the firm with the Outstanding Achievement Award
KIND recognizes the firm with its Allegiance Award for work on behalf of unaccompanied minors.
- Mass Service Alliance recognizes the firm for its work helping US residents become naturalized citizens.
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honors Doug Doskocil with Excellence in the Law Pro Bono Award.
- San Francisco Bar Justice and Diversity Center honored Patrick Thompson with an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Certificate.
- BU Public Interest Program honored Pro Bono Manager, Carolyn Rosenthal with the Alumni Pro Bono Award.
- Youth Advocacy Division of CPCS honored Bill Mayer and David Apfel.
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Boston presented Jaime Santos with the “Associate Award” recognizing her demonstrated commitment to the civil rights mission of the Lawyers' Committee.
- ABA Business Law Section honors the firm with National Public Service Award, recognizing the delivery of significant pro bono legal services that demonstrate a commitment to providing assistance to the poor in the business context.
- ACLU honors the firm with its Alan and Adrienne Barth Volunteer Service Award for a civil rights victory in Huthnance v. District of Columbia.
- Legal Aid Society of NY honors the firm with its Pro Bono Publico Award. The annual award recognizes the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations and other professionals who support the Legal Aid Society and/or participate in the Society’s Pro Bono Program by providing exceptional legal services to low income New Yorkers.
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Boston presented Bill Collins with the “Associate Award” recognizing his demonstrated commitment to the civil rights mission of the Lawyers Committee.
- Goodwin attorneys received pro bono recognition from Compass Working Capital, a nonprofit that provides incentive-based savings and financial coaching programs that empower working, low-income families to build assets, achieve their financial goals, and become financially secure.
- The Boston Mayor's Office of New Bostonians recognized the firm with its Community Champion Award for participation in the first city-wide Citizenship Day.
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honors Goodwin partner Anna Dodson with Excellence in the Law Pro Bono Award
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Boston honors Goodwin counsel Roy Smith with the “Associate Award” recognizing his demonstrated commitment to the civil rights mission of the Lawyers’ Committee
- Goodwin partner Wayne Budd receives the First One Award from uAspire
- Goodwin pro bono team helps Buzzards Bay Coalition achieve key step towards pollution cleanup.
- NYSBA Empire State Counsel Program honors Goodwin attorneys for pro bono work.
- Habitat for Humanity honors the firm with Distinguished Service Award.
- Goodwin partner Brenda Sharton receives Curtin Award for public service.
- Mississippi Center for Justice honored Counsel Steve Pollak with the 2012 Mississippi on the Potomac award from the Mississippi Center for Justice in recognition of his lifelong commitment to public service.
- KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) recognized Litigation partner Doug Doskocil for his work as Goodwin Procter's director of the Unaccompanied Minors Pro Bono Program.
- Federal Circuit Bar Association recognized Mark Abate for his pro bono services on behalf of veterans at the 2012 Bench & Bar Conference.
- Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights recognized Patrick Hurley for his outstanding commitment to pro bono work.
- Goodwin was recognized at CLSEPA's 10th anniversary celebration.
- California Central District's Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel honored Jason Krajcer and Teddy Manolova for their outstanding work in a pro se prisoner case.
- Boston College Public Interest Foundation (PILF) honored Brenda Sharton for her dedicated service to the Victim Rights Law Center.
- inMotion recognized Jillian M. Barber, Nicole Beliveau Sheff, Victoria Elman, Ajay Malshe & Carla R. Pasquale with the Legal Team Commitment to Justice Award.
- Goodwin signs Amicus Brief challenging Defense of Marriage Act.
- Lutheran Social Services recognizes Goodwin pro bono team with the "Leadership Award"for representation of teen immigrants.
- Vitamin Angels honors the firm with Archangel Award for pro bono service.
- Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recognized the Firm for performing significant pro bono legal services to vulnerable persons of limited financial means during calendar year 2010.
- Victim Rights Law Center recognized the firm with the Shining Star Award.
- Compass Working Capital honored Monique Boucher with the annual volunteer recognition award.
- American Civil Liberties Union recognized John Moustakas, Andrew Hudson and Jeffrey Skinner at the ACLU's annual awards dinner for their work on the Huthnance case.
- The firm received the The Legal Aid Society’s 2010 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. Associate Larkin Morton was also honored as one of the recipients of the Society's 2010 Pro Bono Publico Awards for Outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients.
- Regina Pisa elected by The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (Access) as a winner of the organization's inaugural "First One" award for the private sector.
- Investigation by Goodwin partner Paul F. Ware exposes pervasive fraud across State Probation Department, resulting in overhaul of agency.
- The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) recognizes the firm with its Beacon of Justice Award for its commitment to providing pro bono legal representation in the area of immigration law.
- New York State Bar Association honored Laurie Levin at the 2010 President's Pro Bono Service Awards Ceremony on May 3, 2010.
- MLP | Boston honored Stuart Glass, Haimavathi Varadan Marlier, and Brandon Clippinger with the MLP 2010 award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service.
- The Washington Council of Lawyers recognized the firm's support of the Council's efforts to promote public interest law practice and pro bono service with its Law Firm Award.
- The Legal Aid Society in NY recognized the firm, and attorneys Jeff Simes, Tom Meriam, and Larkin Morton with its Pro Bono Publico Award.
- The Women’s Bar Foundation recognized attorneys Kristen Kearney and Cassandra Crawford with its Volunteer Attorney Award for their work on the Family Law Project for Battered Women.
- The Lawyers Alliance for New York recognized attorney Jessica Gary with its Cornerstone Award.
- American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Sectionhonored Ken Parsigian the John Minor Wisdom award by the ABA's Litigation Section.
- ABA Death Penalty Representation Project recognized the firm with its Exceptional Service Award.
- The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Program (PAIR) honored attorneys Ken Parsigian, Elaine Hermann Blais and Rob Carroll with its Mentor Award.
- United States Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts honored the firm for it commitment to participate in the Court's pro bono program for civil cases.
- Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp. (EDC) honored attorney Anna Dodson at its 30th Anniversary Celebration.
- The firm qualified to attend the 40 at 50: Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast hosted by the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.
- The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights honored attorney Delcy Sweet with the Civil Rights Recognition Award for her work with the Belin Economic Justice Project and the Neighborhood Business Initiative.
- Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS)honored Goodwin at their 25th Anniversary reception. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will present the VOLS Pro Bono Award to Goodwin, and to the other law firms meeting the VOLS Pro Bono Pledge.
- New Destiny Housing Corporation honored Rob Insolia, March 2009 for outstanding pro bono service.
- The firm qualified to attend the 40 at 50: Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast hosted by the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.
- Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights honored Delcy Sweet with the Civil Rights Recognition Award for her work with the Belin Economic Justice Project and Grow Your Business initiative.
- Women of Justice honored attorney Anna Dodson with the Women of Justice Award
- The Legal Aid Society in New York honored attorneys Thomas Meriam, Laurie Holsey, and Michael Bavli with the Society’s 2008 Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Service
- The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund recognized attorneys Steve Poss, Kevin Martin, Christina Nolan, Scott Nardi, Nick Pilchak and Mike Sugrue
- The Boston Bar Association recognized the firm with the Thurgood Marshall Award for its commitment to tackling the serious issue of wrongful criminal convictions through its work with the New England Innocence Project
- Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Program honored the firm with its Law Firm of the Year Award
- The D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Services honored Goodwin as a firm in Washington, D.C. with at least 40% of lawyers contributing at least 50 hours of pro bono service
- The Boston University School of Law honored attorney Kenneth Parsigian with its 2008 Pro Bono Alumni Award
- The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) acknowledged the firm for work in an education related matter at their first annual Pro Bono Advocate Awards ceremony
- Boston Center for the Arts honors the firm for its outstanding support of the Center and the arts community.
- Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs honored the firm at the Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon with its Outstanding Achievement Award.
- The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund the firm with its National Pro Bono Award.
- The Lawyers Alliance for New York honored the firm with the Cornerstone Award which recognizes outstanding contributions in pro bono legal service
- The Medicare Rights Center recognized the firm at its Annual event.
- The Washington Lawyers' Committee honored the firm with the Outstanding Achievement Award for pro bono efforts on behalf of the Committee's Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
- ACE (Alternatives for Community & Environment) presented the firm with its Founders' Award.
- Council for Court Excellence of the District of Columbia honored attorney Stephen Pollak with the Justice Potter Stewart Award.
- The D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Services honored Goodwin as a firm in Washington, D.C. with at least 40% of lawyers contributing at least 50 hours of pro bono service.
- The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Program (PAIR) honored attorneys Joseph Theis and Terence Shields.
- Lawyers Alliance for NY honored attorney Melissa Rosenberg with the Cornerstone Award which recognizes outstanding contributions in pro bono legal service
- National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) honored the firm for work on behalf of homeless families in Long Island seeking the right for their children to be educated
- Trust for Public Land (TPL) honored the firm for its pro bono assistance
- The ABA recognized attorney Jeffrey Simes with its Pro Bono Publico Award
- Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs honored the firm at the Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon with its Outstanding Achievement Award
- The Trust for Public Land (TPL) recognized the firm at a celebration a project site in Pepperell, MA
- Somerville Homeless Coalition recognized firm at the Coalition's Annual Meeting
- The NY State Bar Association recognized attorney Jeffrey Simes with its President's Pro Bono Service Award
- The International Association of Business Communicators recognized the firm for its 2003 Pro Bono Annual Report with an Award of Merit in the "Publications: Annual Report" category.
- Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) recognized the Firm for the level of pro bono assistance it provides through its NY office.
- PAIR: Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation Program recognized the firm with its 2004 Law Firm Pro Bono Award at its Annual Benefit Dinner.
- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recognized Anna Dodson with its John Adams Pro Bono Publico Award.
- Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership and the Coastal American Foundation recognized Goodwin's contribution to the advancement of wetlands and aquatic habitat restoration.
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Boston presented Michael McLaughlin its "Golden Hammer" award.
- Rape Survivors' Law Project / Victim Rights Law Center Award presented The 2003 Shining Star Award to Goodwin Procter and Brenda Sharton for work done on behalf of this program.
- Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) presented John Mercer an award for his work with the Soft Second Loan Program.
- The Massachusetts Bar Association presented its 2003 Access to Justice Award presented to Goodwin Procter for its work with inner-city entrepreneurs.
- Lawyers Alliance for NY honored Patchen, Halpern and Mousserie with its Cornerstone award for their work with NHP.
- Friends of Boston's Homeless presented an award to Goodwin.
- The American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section presented the Firm with the National Public Service Award at the spring meeting in Boston.
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Boston presented Mary Ann Peterson Kanary its "Golden Hammer" award.
- Friends of Boston's Homeless Friends of Boston's Homeless presented an award to Goodwin Procter.
- National Affordable Housing Preservation (NAHPA) recognized the firm with The National Affordable Preservation Award for work done by our DC office.
- PAIR: Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation Program recognized Tammie Garner with the 2000 PAIR Pro Bono Attorney Award
Established in 2000, the firm's Robert B. Fraser Pro Bono Award is given each year to a partner and associate who have done outstanding pro bono work. The award is named after retired Goodwin managing partner Bob Fraser and honors attorneys who devote significant time and effort on behalf of those unable to afford legal representation and who make a special contribution to the establishment or enhancement of pro bono programs at the firm.
2018 Minta Kay, Alicia Rubio Spring
2017 Tiffiney Carney, John Ferguson
2016 Jim McGarry, Rushank Shah
2015 Bill Harrington, Danielle Geier
2014 Kevin Martin, Leann Walsh
2013 Robert Hale, David Freeburg
2012 Thomas Merriam, Eric Labbe, Teodora Manolova
2011 Rob Carroll, Pat Hurley, Kerry Owens
2010 Daryl Wiesen, Justin Silberberg
2009 Chris Davis and Alison Norris
2008 Bill Mayer and Breck Hancock
2007 David Apfel and Danielle Gipson
2006 Joseph Savage and Dana Breitman
2005 John Moustakas and Christine Genaitis
2004 Jeff Simes and Susan Abbott
2003 Ken Parsigian and Anna Dodson
2002 Al Solecki and Jackie Klosek
2001 Diane Currier and Sarah Walters
2000 Paul Nemser and Stephanie Pare
The Pro Bono Committee consists of partners from each of the regions where Goodwin has US offices, representing a diverse group of practice areas. Committee members guide implementation of the firm's pro bono policies and procedures, and recommend improvements. In addition, they monitor pro bono efforts, and provide support and leadership in the development of pro bono opportunities for the firm's lawyers, science advisors and paraprofessionals.
Carolyn D. Rosenthal, Pro Bono Director
Julia Holczer, Pro Bono Manager