Sherin and Lodgen is committed to providing pro bono legal services to those who are most in need. While attorneys are free to select pro bono projects of personal significance, we align our pro bono efforts with the following areas:
- Children and Health Services
- Community Development
- Green Initiatives
- Immigration & Asylum
- Land Preservation
In 2016, Sherin and Lodgen attorneys donated almost 2,500 hours to pro bono projects.
Recent Pro Bono Matters
ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
For nearly two decades, Sherin and Lodgen has provided pro bono legal representation to a death-row inmate in Alabama through the ABA’s Death Penalty Representation Project. The firm is noted as one of the smallest firms in the country to take on this type of death penalty case. Sherin and Lodgen's ongoing representation in this death penalty case has not only prolonged our client’s life and assured equal access to justice, but has contributed to a reexamination of Alabama's execution protocol. The S&L team is led by John C. La Liberte and Matthew C. Moschella.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Sherin and Lodgen represented the Appalachian Mountain Club, in obtaining a trademark for its “Outdoors Rx” prescription program, which is a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital to promote positive health benefits of outdoor activity for children and families. In addition, our representation has included establishing easements and rights of way for portions of the Bay Circuit Trail, a permanent recreation trail and greenway extending over 230 miles in Eastern Massachusetts, linking parks and open spaces in fifty-seven communities providing easy access to outdoor activity for over 4,000,000 people in the region.
Art in Giving
Sherin and Lodgen serves as general counsel to Art in Giving, a nonprofit that combines the ingenuity of childhood cancer researchers with the creativity of artists. Up to 50% of the proceeds from the sale of art through the efforts of Art in Giving are donated to The Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation. Gary M. Markoff is a founder of Art in Giving.
Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts
Sherin and Lodgen represents the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) and its affiliates. JCAM owns and operates 115 cemeteries throughout Massachusetts. Our representation includes real estate related matters and disputes and general business matters. The S&L team is led by Sander A. Rikleen.
Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project
Sherin and Lodgen continues to partner with the Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project. Our work includes assisting clients in application for asylum and citizenship. In particular, the S&L team has obtained asylum and permanent resident status for Ugandan man persecuted in his home country for his political affiliations and ethnic background. In 2015, Jessica G. Kelly was recognized as PAIR's Pro Bono Asylum attorney of the year.