Foley Hoag Honored with BBA's Thurgood Marshall Award

June 27, 2019

Foley Hoag LLP has received this year’s Thurgood Marshall Award from the Boston Bar Association (BBA). The award, presented at the organization’s annual Law Day celebration on June 26, 2019, honors Foley Hoag’s pro bono work in the greater Boston area. 

The Thurgood Marshall Award commemorates U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall through its recognition of attorneys for their commitment to improving, developing, or delivering civil or criminal legal services to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ low-income population.

“For 76 years, Foley Hoag has been at the forefront of efforts to provide quality legal representation to those individuals who cannot afford access to the courts and to those organizations that are working to make our society a better place,” said Foley Hoag Co-Managing Partner Kenneth Leonetti. “Through efforts stemming from our pro bono program and The Foley Hoag Foundation, the firm remains deeply committed to addressing social injustices in Massachusetts, and we are honored to be recognized for our pro bono work by receiving the Thurgood Marshall Award from the BBA.” 

Foley Hoag’s dedication to pro bono extends through its offices in Boston, New York, Paris and Washington, D.C. The firm has provided pro bono advice and representation to individuals, nonprofit organizations, inner-city businesses, artists, and domestic and international inventors, encompassing the areas of domestic violence, LGBTQ rights, housing, environmental protection, disability rights, health care, prisoners’ rights, voting rights, immigration/political asylum, taxation, independence of the judiciary, and education/charter schools, among other areas.

“We are thrilled to have been selected by the BBA to receive its Thurgood Marshall Award,” said Foley Hoag Pro Bono Managing Attorney Rebecca Cazabon. “Through partnerships with organizations such as the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) and Project Citizenship, our work with GLAD in challenging the ban on military service by transgendered individuals, our work with the ACLU of Massachusetts in representing a class of defendants who sought to withdraw their guilty pleas as a result of the misconduct at the Massachusetts crime lab, and the advocacy work we have done in Massachusetts courts on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, the firm remains dedicated to making the Commonwealth of Massachusetts a better community.” 

Leonetti and Cazabon accepted the award on behalf of the hundreds of lawyers, staff and other personnel who contribute every year to the firm’s pro bono efforts. In a typical year, Foley Hoag will handle over 400 separate pro bono matters comprising over 22,000 hours of attorney time.

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