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Rosalyn Garbose Nasdor
Director & Pro Bono Counsel

What Others Say...

“Ropes & Gray was instrumental in getting the Bankruptcy Pro Bono large firm initiative off the ground… we were able to get ethical opinions and standing orders that opened the doors to large firms being able to take consumer bankruptcy cases on a pro bono basis. They continue to take cases from Volunteer Lawyers Project on a regular basis.”

-Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Client, U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers

Partnering with Clients

Ropes & Gray teams with clients to provide, among others, pro bono legal services to low-income cancer patients and asylum seekers, and to form new businesses in distressed areas.  Partnerships include:

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Pfizer
  • State Street

2017 Pro Bono Hot List

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.

In 2017, our attorneys, paralegals, summer associates and other professionals worldwide donated more than 160,000 hours of legal services. 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:

  • 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.
    • In its 2018 Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 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.
    • The FT cited the firm in the social responsibility category in its Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2017 report. The publication noted Ropes & Gray’s work with anti-human trafficking organization Liberty Asia to use the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to tackle the complex issue of human trafficking in Asia.
    • The Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers Report 2016 designated Ropes & Gray “Commended” in the category of Pro Bono for the firm’s work to exonerate wrongly convicted client George Perrot.
  • The 2019 Vault “Best Law Firms to Work For” guide ranked Ropes & Gray number six among U.S. firms in the Pro Bono category.
  • The American Lawyer named Ropes & Gray to its 2017 “A-List,” an annual ranking of the top 20 law firms in the United States. Ropes & Gray was ranked number two, its highest ranking ever, with the firm’s pro bono work factoring strongly in the award.
  • The National Law Journal honored Ropes & Gray on its 2017 Pro Bono Hot List, recognizing the firm for winning a motion for a new trial for George Perrot, who had been wrongfully imprisoned for 30 years.
  • Ropes & Gray was honored by Law360 as a “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” in 2016 and 2014.
  • Ropes & Gray was named “Pro Bono Program of the Year” at the inaugural Chambers Diversity Awards in 2016.
  • 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 ConniffJennifer 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.

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