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Brown Rudnick is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® of the National Pro Bono Institute, as well as a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo.)

Brown Rudnick's pro bono representation encompasses a broad array of legal work.  Substantively, our attorneys have worked on everything from litigating major public policy matters in state and federal courts, to representing individual homeless clients with social security disability claims, to providing “general counsel” representation to non-profit organizations.

To a large extent, pro bono undertakings are responsive to the particular interest or professional development needs of individual attorneys or paralegals.  There are some areas of particular Firm focus, however, which include:

  • Inner-city education.  Working in conjunction with the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., which makes grants to non-profit organizations working to improve inner-city education, the Center coordinates the provision of pro bono legal representation in support of the grantees and their purposes.  We serve as general counsel to the non-profit Reach Out and Read.
  • Fighting intolerance.  The Firm has long provided extensive legal representation to organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and serves as general counsel to Facing History and Ourselves.
  • Indigent Artists.  We have created the Brown Rudnick Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Fee Collection Initiative to assist struggling artists when they are having trouble getting paid for their artwork.
  • Homelessness.  The Firm participates in legal clinics at homeless shelters in Boston coordinated by the Boston Bar Association’s Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness.  We also have provided substantial assistance for decades to Rosie’s Place, a homeless shelter for women in Boston, and to other non-profit organizations serving the homeless.
  • Unemployment Benefit Appeals.  We represent those who have lost employment and who are challenging denial of unemployment benefits.
  • Lawyer of the Day.  The Firm participates in supporting the Boston Housing Court through the Lawyer of the Day program which provides legal guidance to unrepresented litigants.
  • Individual Bankruptcy.  We provide assistance to individuals, especially in Boston, who are seeking help filing for individual bankruptcy.
  • Veterans.  Our attorneys provide representation to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits they are entitled to.

The Firm generally does not accept new pro bono clients directly.  Rather, it receives referrals of potential cases from reputable agencies which screen clients for income and substantive eligibility.  Such entities include:

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