Pro Bono

Giving back, as a firm and individuals.

We've always ranked highly in pro bono surveys. In 2015, The American Lawyer ranked the firm 11th in the nation on its annual pro bono report. Law360 has twice named us one of the Top 10 Pro Bono Law Firms of the Year since its inaugural list in 2010. We also made The American Lawyer's 2015 "A-List" Complete Report, a prestigious grouping of firms based on diversity, pro bono, associate satisfaction, and revenues per lawyer. As the magazine’s editors note of the A-List winners, they are the firms “where diversity is an achievement, not a goal; pro bono is an honor instead of a chore; associates are involved and challenged. . .

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.

In addition, nearly three decades ago, Foley Hoag established a pioneering program in the field of domestic violence prevention that continues to have far-reaching impact in our communities.

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 100 matters in and contribute more than 27,000 hours to our pro bono program. Key areas we serve include domestic violence victim rights, gay and lesbian rights, housing, environmental protection, disability rights, health care, prisoners’ rights, voting rights, immigration and political asylum, taxation, education and charter schools, transactional and corporate advice to nonprofit organizations and small for-profit businesses providing services to inner-city communities, advice to artists (including First Amendment protection), and intellectual property protection (domestic and international).

Likewise, our Summer Program includes numerous opportunities for Summer Associates to perform pro bono work.