Pro Bono

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Rosalyn Garbose Nasdor
Director of Pro Bono Legal Services

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

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 2015, more than 1,400 of our attorneys, paralegals, summer associates and other professionals worldwide donated 114,000 hours of legal services. By providing direct representation and partnering with human rights, legal reform and other organizations, Ropes & Gray helped impoverished individuals, underserved communities, nonprofits and small businesses.

For its pro bono efforts, Ropes & Gray has received numerous accolades, including:

  • 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 named to The American Lawyer’s annual “A-List” ranking of 20 leading law firms for the sixth year in a row, with the growth of the firm’s pro bono program factoring strongly in the award.
  • The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report 2015 designated Ropes & Gray “Highly Commended” in the category of social responsibility for the firm’s work leading a class action challenging the unconstitutional use of excessive force by Department of Correction staff against inmates of New York City jails on Rikers Island, with a resulting settlement that puts in place a comprehensive set of reform measures.
  • 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.
  • The 2017 Vault “Best Law Firms to Work For” guide ranked Ropes & Gray number three among U.S. firms in the Pro Bono category.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recognized Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office, where more than 60 percent of its lawyers contributed 50 or more hours of pro bono work in 2015.
  • The American Lawyer’s annual Global Legal Awards recognized Ropes & Gray as co-grand prize winner of the Global Citizenship Award in 2014 for the firm’s pro bono work with The Nature Conservancy.

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 its lawyers and staff to engage in pro bono work and by valuing this work equally for the purposes of associate reviews and compensation. Ropes & Gray’s commitment to pro bono work is facilitated by an active pro bono committee, chaired by partners Jeffrey KatzWilliam Sussman and Matthew Cox, which identifies and considers prospective initiatives, and by a director of pro bono legal services and her staff, who administer and foster the firm’s program.