Pro Bono and Community Partnerships

Overview

We strive to be leaders in everything we do, both as lawyers and as citizens. Our attorneys and staff take the lead in civic, charitable, educational, social, and political projects and activities in Greater Boston and their individual communities. We sit on boards of directors, volunteer our time and enthusiasm to committees and fundraisers, and lend our expertise to both local and national nonprofit organizations.

  • We review plans for economic growth and development, protection of open spaces and historical sites, and influence public education through participation in local government
  • Our attorneys and staff serve on local boards of selectmen, planning boards, finance committees, zoning boards, conservation commissions, school committees, and youth organizations 
  • We are involved in community projects and organizations throughout Greater Boston, including Arlington, Brookline, Carlisle, Hingham, Milton, Needham, Newton, Upton and Winchester, Massachusetts

While our attorneys choose pro bono projects of personal significance, we focus our efforts on six primary areas of pro bono representation: 

  • Arts
  • Children’s services
  • Civil liberties
  • Community Development
  • Green initiatives
  • Immigration
  • Land Preservation

Recent pro bono matters:

  • Assisted Herring Pond Watershed Association in the acquisition for conversation purposes of key five acre parcel including tributary to Herring Pond, Plymouth, MA
  • Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association, through their respective volunteer lawyer programs to assist victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings
  • Advice and assistance to the Appalachian Mountain Club and Bay Circuit Alliance regarding acquisition and consolidation of rights in the Bay Circuit Trail, a walking trail which traverses communities from Newburyport to Duxbury
  • Provided general corporate advice to Nyaya Health, which provides health services to poor people in Nepal.
  • Obtained asylum and permanent resident status for Ugandan man persecuted in his home country for his political affiliations and ethnic background
  • Political asylum application for Tibetan monk
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, for whom we drafted briefs amicus on its behalf in connection with the Real Estate Bar Association v. National Real Estate Information Services, et al (Robert J. Muldoon, Jr. and Jessica G. Kelly received Massachusetts Bar Association Volunteer Recognition Award)
  • Wellness Community Massachusetts South Shore, which provides psycho-social services to cancer patients and their families, with general corporate matters, including obtaining non-profit 501(c)(3) status and filing its articles of incorporation, ongoing employment and contract advice
  • Successful zoning variance and condominium conversion of industrial use building into the Gorse Mill Studios, 33 work-only studio condominiums and gallery in Needham, Massachusetts
  • Inmate on Alabama's death row in federal and state court appeals over the last eight years
  • Prisoner alleging excessive force against a prison guard culminating in Federal District Court jury trial
  • Berklee College of Music singer/songwriter in drafting studio/musician releases for album launch through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, for whom we filed an amicus brief analyzing the risks of biohazard release at the proposed Level 4 biolab at Boston Medical Center's South End Campus
  • Board of Bar Examiners in character and fitness investigations for admissions, and challenges to bar admissions in Supreme Judicial Court
  • Attorneys in disciplinary matters before the Board of Bar Overseers and the Supreme Judicial Court
  • New England Conservatory regarding business and tax issues for artists