Here are some highlights of our recent pro bono work:
- In response to the family separation crisis, Ropes & Gray attorneys and support team members traveled to South Texas to help stabilize the chaotic situation. Since June 2018, the firm has represented more than 30 families—about 70 individuals—and has facilitated their release from detention centers and their reunion with loved ones. Firm attorneys are now helping these individuals navigate immigration courts and asylum processes.
- Partnering with Lawyers Without Borders, Ropes & Gray sends teams of attorneys to Africa to help train local justice officials. Most recently, attorneys visited Nairobi for a counterterrorism training program, and another team traveled to Kenya to train new prosecutors as part of the country’s efforts to strengthen its judicial system.
- Continuing the firm’s long, distinguished record of LGBTQ-focused pro bono service, Ropes & Gray has pursued numerous initiatives aimed at assisting transgender individuals on a range of pressing legal matters, including working with the Transgender ID Project and Immigration Equality.
- For almost nine years, a Ropes & Gray team has been assisting the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, an important Boston institution for nearly 200 years, with a variety of legal matters, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The church presented the firm with a “Corporate Citizenship” award for its ongoing representation.
- A Ropes & Gray litigation team secured an important victory on behalf of three individual student loan borrowers, including two former American Bar Association employees, in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education that challenged the Department’s decision to retroactively refuse to honor loan forgiveness commitments it made to individuals who have dedicated their careers to public service.