Ropes & Gray’s public service commitment is a hallmark of the firm, rooted in the example set by the firm’s founders nearly a century and a half ago. From securing asylum for endangered immigrants, to helping people keep their homes, to winning the release of the wrongly convicted, Ropes & Gray strives to provide the highest level of pro bono legal advice and support to those who need it most.
Our attorneys, paralegals, summer associates and other professionals worldwide have donated about 160,000 hours of legal services in both 2017 and 2018. By providing direct representation and partnering with human rights, legal reform and other organizations, Ropes & Gray helps impoverished individuals, underserved communities, nonprofits and small businesses.
For its pro bono efforts, Ropes & Gray has received numerous accolades, including:
- Chambers & Partners honored the firm with its “Pro Bono Program of the Year” award in 2019, a distinction given to one firm in the United States. It also received the distinction in 2016.
- The American Lawyer ranked Ropes & Gray eighth on its “2018 Pro Bono Scorecard,” the firm’s highest showing ever.
- Ropes & Gray has been consistently recognized for innovative pro bono work by the Financial Times:
- The 2019 Vault “Best Law Firms to Work For” guide ranked Ropes & Gray number six among U.S. firms in the “Pro Bono” category.
- Ropes & Gray earned the number one ranking on The American Lawyer’s 2018 “A-List,” an annual ranking of the top 20 law firms in the United States. The firm’s pro bono work factored strongly in the prestigious honor.
- In its Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2018 report, the FT recognized Ropes & Gray’s international pro bono program for its collaboration with Liberty Asia to develop a toolkit to help anti-trafficking groups.
- Ropes & Gray was honored by Law360 as a “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” in 2016 and 2014.
- Ropes & Gray was just one of three law firms honored with Immigration Equality’s Safe Haven Award in 2016. The Safe Haven Award recognizes firms whose attorneys have excelled in representing clients placed with them by Immigration Equality.
- Veterans Legal Services, a legal aid organization that provides free legal assistance to homeless and low-income veterans in Boston, honored Ropes & Gray with its Outstanding Pro Bono Award in 2016.
Our pro bono activities are varied and cover a variety of legal areas, including political asylum and immigration, probate and family, education, civil litigation, constitutional/civil rights/legislation, poverty, environmental, real estate, small business, and bankruptcy.
To learn more about the firm’s pro bono work, we encourage you to view the most recent Ropes & Gray Pro Bono Newsletter.
Ropes & Gray demonstrates its ongoing commitment to public service by actively encouraging all of its attorneys firmwide to engage in pro bono work. In addition, for the purposes of associate reviews and compensation, the firm gives equal credit for time spent on pro bono matters and on representing the firm's paying clients. Our commitment to pro bono work is facilitated by a pro bono committee that identifies and evaluates prospective initiatives. The committee is chaired by partners Christopher Conniff, Jennifer Rikoski, Andrew Dale and Amanda Raad; Roz Garbose Nasdor, director & pro bono counsel, administers the firm’s pro bono program with the assistance of a pro bono support team.