Front & Center
A Message from the CEO
Brown Rudnick's commitment to enhancing our communities and supporting those in greatest need has never been more robust. Thanks to the inspiration and enthusiasm of the Center for the Public Interest Executive Director, Al Wallis, and the tireless commitment of our attorneys and professionals, who actively participate in and provide financial support for our public interest programs, our philanthropic vision remains bold and meaningful.
Today, our outreach includes, among other things, support of after-school enrichment programs, and innovative educational competitions such as a holiday card contest for Boston public school students, essay contests for students in our nation’s capital, and mock trials and debates in Massachusetts and New York City. Our pro bono representation focuses on unemployment benefit appeals, indigent artists, veterans, immigrants, civil rights, inner-city education, and homelessness. We also engage in high-impact matters such as bringing suit in international courts to end genocide; working with non-profits and social venture start-ups in Haiti and Africa to improve living conditions; filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court regarding affirmative action in education and in support of local gun control. And, we continue to provide the combined power of pro bono legal counsel, charitable grants and volunteer time to prominent non-profit organizations such as Thompson Island Outward Bound, Reach Out and Read, Facing History and Ourselves and Providence Plan/Ready2Learn.
In 2011, the Center marked its tenth anniversary. While we celebrated this milestone, we also paused to reflect on what remains to be done. Our support is needed more than ever. In 2012, we are deepening our involvement in those non-profit organizations where we have longstanding relationships. We are extending our pro bono and charitable focus to the UK by establishing a grants and pro bono program in our London office. And, we will maintain our unwavering commitment to the communities in which we work and live.
Joseph F. Ryan
Brown Rudnick LLP
A Message from the Executive Director
Brown Rudnick’s founding partners believed that law firms are in a unique position to make a positive difference in the legal community, and the community at large, to improve our society and change the lives of those in need. They also believed that it was essential that they do so. Those Brown Rudnick attorneys held true the belief that size was immaterial to success in this regard; rather dedication, innovation and determination were the main drivers needed to change the world around them.
With this philanthropic spirit and conviction, the Center was launched as Brown Rudnick’s vehicle to champion, coordinate and celebrate our Firm’s contributions to the public interest, and to serve as an example that would motivate others in the legal profession. In 2001, the Center was something of a “philanthropic game changer” in the legal community, and today, it continues to distinguish Brown Rudnick as a leader by striving to combine the power of pro bono legal representation, charitable giving and community service to help those in need. This added dimension broadens and enhances our Firm and the people in it.
The success of our efforts during the past eleven years demonstrates the dedication of Brown Rudnick to public interest efforts and the wisdom of creating the Center as the tangible, living vehicle for us to pursue that commitment. There is every reason to be optimistic that the next ten years will continue to build on that success to take us to greater heights in bettering our Firm, our profession and our communities.
Albert W. Wallis
Center for the Public Interest