When I describe the pro bono program at Robinson+Cole, I usually begin with the observation that “we’re a very community-minded firm.” Beyond the impressive numbers of pro bono hours dedicated and clients served, it’s a simple way to describe the ethos that propels the volunteer efforts of our attorneys and staff, from pro bono work to community service. Speaking for myself, and many, many others, it’s important to me that I work for an organization that cares about our communities. That support is reflected in the strength of our pro bono program, where we regularly punch over our weight on national rankings, but also in the over 400 non-profits where our lawyers and staff serve as board members and volunteer their time, and the generous contributions R+C makes to worthy and needy organizations that support the underprivileged, often in our own neighborhoods. Supporting all the individual communities where we live and work, from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles, also strengthens our own R+C community, and helps to unify us as colleagues.
And our R+C community has grown by leaps and bounds, particularly over the past year! I’ve been fortunate to work with many of our new colleagues as they’ve transitioned their pro bono matters to R+C and have sought out the Pro Bono Committee to learn more about our program. As we’ve grown and continue to grow, there is always the risk that more lawyers in more offices with more practice areas will cause us to lose some of the fabric that has bound R+C together for over 178 years. One of the threads that will continue to bind us together, and add to the quilt of neighborhoods where R+C lawyers and staff work and give back, is our identity as a community-minded firm.
As we reflect on the year behind and plan for the year ahead, the Pro Bono Committee looks forward to building on the foundations we’ve created and adding to our network of pro bono partners in all of our communities.
Partner, Chair Pro Bono Committee