ELL has a longstanding tradition of providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations who cannot otherwise afford legal counsel. Lawyers in all our office and in all our practice groups make a difference every day by contributing their talents to providing pro bono legal services.
We approach pro bono efforts with the same energy, enthusiasm and resources as work for commercial clients, and associates receive billable hour credit for their pro bono work. We require all lawyers to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono work per year to ensure universal participation in our pro bono program.
Our firm has a dedicated partner focused full time on managing the firm’s pro bono program. He works with a pro bono committee consisting of representatives from the office. Our lawyers handle hundreds of pro bono matters covering issues such as civil rights, international human rights, child advocacy, special education, access to public benefits, asylum, landlord-tenant matters and the representation of numerous nonprofit organizations. We strive to find projects that make a difference and that match the personal interests of our lawyers.
The recent pro bono legal services were provided to the military personnel of Armenia and their families, as well as refugees from Syria.