As lawyers, we have a special obligation to promote the public interest, assist the disadvantaged, and strengthen our community. While the attorneys in our firm contribute individually to a wide variety of civic, charitable, and cultural organizations, we believe it is important that, as a firm, we demonstrate a clear commitment to providing pro bono legal services to those in need.
We believe handling litigation or legal counseling in other areas provides our professionals with stimulating and rewarding opportunities to help those in need and may expose them to different sets of challenges than they face on a daily basis with our traditional client work.
Over the course of the firm’s history, we have assisted a variety of non-profits and charitable organizations. Our founder’s son, David Wolf, took one of his earliest cases all the way to the Supreme Court on a pro bono basis – the seminal Aro Mfg. Co. v. Convertible Top Co. case which is still the leading precedent for the important patent law doctrine of “permissible repair.”
In recent years, the firm’s pro bono program has focused on representing clients in non-IP related cases, and we have scored victories on behalf of a range of clients in a variety of cases. For example, we won a significant First Amendment case on behalf of a speaker who had been silenced by the Massachusetts Department of Education for his criticism of standardized testing. We also won a Housing Court action on behalf of a tenant who was facing eviction. Our counterclaims against the landlord not only protected our client from eviction, but secured her an award of many times the amount originally sought from her landlord.
Watch the video below in which an associate describes a recent pro bono case he handled: