Ropes & Gray’s public service commitment is a hallmark of the firm, rooted in the example set by the firm’s founders more than 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 donated more than 170,000 hours of legal services in 2019. 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 that might otherwise lack access to legal services.
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. Ropes & Gray also received this distinction in 2016.
- In its “2019 Pro Bono Scorecard,” The American Lawyer ranked Ropes & Gray in the top 10—out of the largest 200 U.S. law firms—for U.S. pro bono work. In its international ranking, which recognizes contributions of lawyers based outside the United States, the firm ranked 12.
- Ropes & Gray has been consistently recognized for innovative pro bono work by the Financial Times.
- The 2020 Vault “Best Law Firms to Work For” guide ranked Ropes & Gray number three among U.S. firms in the “Pro Bono” category.
- Since 2017, Ropes & Gray has been ranked in the top three on The American Lawyer’s “A-List,” an annual ranking of the top 20 law firms in the United States. The firm’s pro bono work factors strongly in this prestigious honor.
- In 2019, Lawyers Alliance for New York presented Ropes & Gray with the Cornerstone Award, its highest pro bono honor, in recognition of the firm’s varied pro bono work that has helped strengthen neighborhoods throughout New York City.
- Children’s Law Center honored Ropes & Gray as its 2019 Pro Bono Champion. The award recognizes the firm’s longstanding support for the organization’s mission of helping Washington, D.C.’s most vulnerable children and families.
- The Asian Law Caucus, the nation’s oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the civil and other legal rights of Asian Pacific Islander communities, honored Ropes & Gray with its 2019 Pro Bono Award for the firm’s pro bono impact litigation on behalf of the San Francisco Chinatown Community Tenants’ Association as well as multiple individual tenants who reside in San Francisco Chinatown.
- A Ropes & Gray pro bono team received the 2019 “Pro Bono Asylum Award” from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project. The award recognizes the team’s work successfully representing a family in its application for asylum.
- The Public Interest Law Initiative added Ropes & Gray to its Pro Bono Recognition Roster, distinguishing the firm for providing pro bono legal services in Illinois.
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.