Pro Bono

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

Foley Hoag is deeply committed to pro bono. Our pro bono program has been a hallmark of the firm since our representation of the plaintiffs in the original lawsuit to desegregate the Boston public schools. We encourage our lawyers to engage in direct pro bono work and to participate in the community through other avenues such as board involvement and charitable organizations. In a typical year we handle approximately 400 matters in and contribute more than 24,000 hours to our pro bono program. Likewise, our Summer Program includes numerous opportunities for Summer Associates to perform pro bono work.

Key areas we address on a pro bono basis include domestic violence, LGBTQ rights, housing, environmental protection, disability rights, health care, prisoners’ rights, judicial independence, voting rights, immigration/political asylum, taxation, and education/charter schools. We also advise nonprofits, inner-city businesses, artists, and domestic and international inventors. For a complete description of our work for clients, click here.

Foley Hoag has been at the forefront of efforts to provide quality legal representation to disadvantaged and disfavored individuals and groups whose civil rights and liberties are threatened. For many years, Foley Hoag lawyers have engaged in major litigation involving reproductive rights, the rights of disabled persons, racial justice, LGBTQ rights and voting rights. Other lawyers represent individuals seeking political asylum and protection from domestic abuse. In addition, Foley Hoag regularly assists a variety of non-profit organizations as well as some small businesses in economically-disadvantaged areas that cannot afford legal representation and where the payment of legal fees would significantly interfere with the organization’s mission. The firm accepts cases from more than 50 legal services and pro bono referral organizations and provides pro bono assistance directly to more than 200 non-profit organizations involved in charitable causes; environmental protection; civil rights; and protection of women, children, people in the LGBTQ community, and persons with various disabilities.

Awards and Honors

The firm and individual lawyers are frequently recognized for their pro bono work. Here is a sampling: