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 stay in 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.
Ropes & Gray demonstrates its ongoing commitment to public service by actively encouraging its lawyers and summer associates to engage in pro bono work, and by valuing this work equally for purposes of associate reviews and compensation.
By providing direct representation and partnering with nonprofit organizations and legal services agencies, Ropes & Gray assists impoverished individuals, underserved communities, nonprofits and small businesses. In 2015, more than 1,400 of our attorneys, summer associates, paralegals and other professionals worldwide donated 114,000 hours of pro bono legal services.
The firm’s pro bono commitment is facilitated by an active pro bono committee, co-chaired chaired by partners Chris Conniff, Matthew Cox and Jennifer Rikoski. The committee, with the firm’s director of pro bono services and her team, identifies and considers prospective initiatives. Each Ropes & Gray office also has a local designee to ensure that the firm is focused on pro bono work that is relevant to each city and community.