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Foley Hoag LLP - Firmwide - Foley Hoag LLP

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Rebecca Cazabon
Pro Bono Contact Title Pro Bono Managing Attorney
Pro Bono Contact Phone (617) 832-1755
Pro Bono Contact Email
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year 5%
Average Hours per Attorney last year 71

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 76%
Percent of partners participating last year 68%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 71%

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 86
Average hours per partner last year 58
Average hours per other lawyer last year 67
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 47%
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 22,648 hours
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work? The firm's pro bono program is rather unique in terms of its scope, encompassing transactional work as well as litigation, and offering opportunities to lawyers in every department and area of practice. Litigation lawyers handle class actions and "impact" litigation serving a general public interest, as well as the representation of individuals who are unable to afford counsel in the areas of housing, prisoner rights, domestic violence, education and health, immigration, and the environment. Clients include (or are referred by) major national advocacy groups, as well as local legal service or other organizations. Many of these organizations are designed to channel funds and other resources to groups that will help underserved populations attain a higher standard of living through self-help, education, and social and economic reform. In addition to helping new groups organize and obtain tax-exempt status, Foley Hoag lawyers often serve as general counsel to established organizations, assisting with corporate, real estate, labor and employment, tax and intellectual property matters.

Organization pro bono hours goals

Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? Yes
If yes, what is that annual goal? 5% of billable hours
Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? No


Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? In keeping with the firm's commitment to the community and strong tradition of pro bono work, an individual attorney's commitment is a favorable factor in his or her advancement. Also, we give full billable hour credit for time dedicated to pro bono matters.

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations? No
Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? Yes
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): Full-time attorney in a dedicated pro bono coordination/oversight role
Pro Bono Committee
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed? The Pro Bono Managing Attorney regularly sends messages regarding opportunities for lawyers to become involved in various pro bono representations. Lawyers volunteer for matters, but may also receive these assignments from their department chairs in the ordinary course.
If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Pro Bono Committee

Enabling pro bono or public interest work

Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply): Other
If so please describe For more than 20 years the firm has maintained a program with the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, whereby litigation associates may spend four months working full-time in that office. In addition to providing trial experience, this program offers an opportunity to serve the public in a different way.

Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.) In 2018 Foley Hoag summer associates handled a broad range of assignments for pro bono clients, working alongside lawyers from virtually every department of the firm. For example, summer associates assisted in developing a client’s claim for political asylum; researched discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act of people being treated for opioid use; researched IRS rulings in connection with the tax-exempt application for a nonprofit client with a mission to educate the public on gun violence; assisted in the representation of a domestic violence survivor seeking a restraining order against her abuser; and drafted a memorandum in connection with our representation of GLAD and the National Center for Lesbian Rights in challenging the transgender military ban.

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Our Pro Bono Program and related firm activities and policies have earned Foley Hoag numerous awards. In its annual pro bono report in 2018, The American Lawyer ranked Foley Hoag #25 nationwide in its evaluation of the pro bono efforts of the top 200 firms identified in its annual "AmLaw 200" listing.
What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year? Key areas in which we serve on a pro bono basis are domestic violence victim rights; LGBT civil rights; housing; environmental protection; disability rights; health care; prisoners' rights; immigrant detention cases; ballot access; animal rights; immigration and political asylum; taxation; transactional and corporate advice to nonprofit organizations and small for-profit businesses providing services to inner-city communities; advice to artists (including First Amendment protection); and intellectual property protection (domestic and international).

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? No
Public Interest Fellowship Comments