Summer associates were involved in a number of recent pro bono matters including:
- Attorneys, summer associates, and staff across all domestic Ropes & Gray offices worked to establish the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative, an innovative new social innovative financing program aimed at reducing recidivism of young men who are in the probation system or exiting the juvenile justice system. Setting up the initiative, which was the largest of its kind ever attempted in the U.S., involved drafting, negotiating and signing 27 separate agreements among the parties involved, and accounted for over 1,500 pro bono hours. The model created by Ropes & Gray is now being used to establish similar programs throughout the country.
- In the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, attorneys and staff from all around Ropes & Gray mobilized to assist victims and their families in a variety of ways. Attorneys in the tax and private client groups, for example, used their experience with gift planning, charitable donations and income tax considerations to help victims' families struggling in the aftermath of the bombings. Firm attorneys and summer associates also helped victims to prepare and file timely One Fund claims and prepared a checklist of relevant legal issues for individual victims to be used by the Boston Bar Association and victim rights groups.
- Ropes & Gray represented a class of plaintiffs in a case of first impression filed against all three health care insurers participating in Louisiana’s “Obamacare” exchange who were poised to refuse federal Ryan White premium assistance funds earmarked to help low-income people living with HIV secure health care. As a result of the litigation, the insurers agreed to continue accepting the funds, while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, likely in direct response to the case, published a rule requiring health insurers, including those participating in the Obamacare exchanges, to accept Ryan White Funds.
- Ropes & Gray attorneys and summer associates along with attorneys from firm client, Goldman Sachs, partnered with the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s Name Change Project to provide legal assistance to transgender individuals seeking to secure a legal name.