Serving more than 1,000 pro bono clients a year.
Through innovation and leadership the firm’s pro bono program leverages our lawyers’ interests and skillsets to help individuals and nonprofit organizations who could not otherwise afford legal assistance.
Very often, those who most need legal representation are the ones who can least afford to pay for it. Whether it’s providing guidance on landlord tenant law, criminal defense, education law, immigration law, or business-related legal assistance for nonprofits and small business owners, free and reliable legal counsel can make real and lasting changes in people’s lives. That’s why pro bono work is one of the cornerstones of our firm. Goodwin dedicates 3% to 5% of its annual hours to pro bono representation and serves over 1,000 clients each year.
Our Pro Bono Initiative reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of our firm. We have been at the forefront of providing pro bono assistance to low income small business owners through our signature program, the Neighborhood Business Initiative, which offers legal clinics, presentations, and one-on-one legal advice in and around our communities. We also represent nonprofit organizations working in a wide variety of areas, such as education, health and safety, peace-building and democracy initiatives, historic preservation, microfinance, and environmental protection. This work allows these organizations to conserve valuable resources, and our lawyers, summer associates and paralegals relish the opportunity to leverage their legal skills to support groups that are making meaningful contributions to society, on both a large and small scale. Furthermore, Goodwin offers several “on demand” remote projects in which lawyers across our offices can readily become involved. And, each year, Goodwin hosts numerous at-firm clinics where we have an opportunity to work side-by-side with our in-house counsel colleagues.
By leveraging our talent to make an impact locally, nationally and globally, Goodwin’s record of pro bono work has produced numerous influential moments, including forming the One Fund to assist Boston Marathon bombing victims, helping Massachusetts become the first U.S. state to recognize marriage for same-sex couples, and successfully arguing a seminal immigration case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Goodwin has been widely recognized by clients and legal services partners for our pro bono achievements. These achievements are emblematic of our firm’s generosity of spirit and a desire to help those in need.