Pro Bono

Access to justice

We believe that freely sharing our talents with individuals and the community makes us better lawyers, better people, and a better firm

Overview

Our lawyers are deeply committed to providing pro bono representation in a variety of matters throughout the communities our offices are based in. Our founders’ philosophy was one of inclusion and equality. Thus, since our inception, we’ve fought to provide quality legal representation to disadvantaged and disfavored individuals, as well as groups whose civil rights and liberties are threatened. For many years, Foley Hoag lawyers have engaged in matters surrounding these issues, and each of our offices continues to dedicate resources to help disenfranchised members of our communities. 
 
Our lawyers have engaged in major litigation involving reproductive rights, the rights of disabled persons, racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights and voting rights. We’ve also helped those seeking political asylum and victims of domestic abuse. Key areas we address include:
  • fighting for racial justice
  • increasing access to education, benefits, and the courts
  • reforming our criminal legal system
  • advancing equity in underserved communities
  • ending gender-based violence and oppression
  • helping immigrants and endangered evacuees
  • protecting the environment and improving food security
  • supporting nonprofits, NGOS, and social enterprises doing good
The firm partners with over 90 legal services, pro bono, and advocacy organizations to offer engaging and meaningful pro bono opportunities to our lawyers. Pro bono is an important part of the DNA of the firm and provides a way for attorneys to work together to make a real difference. We are extremely proud of Foley Hoag’s pro bono tradition and are indebted to our generous legal services and pro bono partners for providing us with referrals, training, mentoring, and other vital support so we can continue to do this important work.

Our Pro Bono Efforts

~400
annual pro bono matters
~17,000
annual pro bono hours
3.5%
of firm's workload spent on pro bono matters

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