Goodwin Procter partner Douglas Doskocil was recently honored with the Excellence in Pro Bono award by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. A reception honoring the four recipients of the 2015 pro bono award was held on May 14, 2015 in Boston. Click here to see the video created about the honorees.
Doskocil is a partner in Goodwin Procter's IP Litigation Group, where he focuses on complex intellectual property matters around the world, including patent infringement, trade secret, and software copyright cases, related to electrical systems, semiconductor fabrication, computers, communication networks and software.
In addition to his intellectual property practice, Doskocil is a tireless pro bono advocate who has established himself as a leader and mentor in the firm’s pro bono program. Doskocil leads the firm’s Unaccompanied Minors Pro Bono Program, a diverse group of attorneys and paraprofessionals who share a common passion for assisting unaccompanied refugee minors. These children have typically fled from gang violence, abuse and/or homelessness in their home countries, usually as a result of parental neglect. They make their way to the U.S. under horrific conditions in hopes of finding protection. Many of them have the legal right to remain under U.S. law, but it is virtually impossible for them to successfully navigate the intricacies of U.S. immigration courts; they face almost certain deportation back to dangerous conditions in their home countries without legal representation.
Doskocil and his team learn about these cases through the firm’s partnership with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Children range in age from 13 to 18 years old and come from countries including Belize, El Salvador, Guinea, Honduras, and Mexico. By helping the firm organize a practice area around this pro bono work – which became the firm’s Unaccompanied Minors Pro Bono Program – Doskocil has helped attorneys share knowledge and leverage their combined expertise to better serve this vulnerable population.