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Pro Bono At a Glance

Fall 2020 Edition


Dear friends,

I drafted the introduction to our last Pro Bono At a Glance in April — sitting at a desk in my son’s room during lockdown, looking out the window at early spring buds.  Not surprisingly, my comments at the time addressed the uncertainly that lay ahead — especially for the non-profit community and individuals with limited accessto the justice system — and asked that we all consider what we could do to support the under-represented and underserved.  Shortly after, with Firm management’s unwavering support, we rolled out a virtual legal clinic to provide free legal counseling to Connecticut’s small business community, which is reported on below.  The clinic, which combined the talents and resources of the Connecticut Bar Association and dozens of volunteer attorneys throughout the State, helped scores of small businesses navigate the pandemic over the summer.  Volunteers in New York and Boston joined the COVID clinics operating in their regions. This effot represents the best of Robinson+Cole — a community of lawyers and legal staff who cae deeply about the communities where we live and work. 

Nearly six months later, I’m at the office ding a periodic trip back to 280 Trumbull Street, looking out the
window at signs of autumn.  The months in between have presented us all with unprecedented trials and challenges, and life feels diffeent than it did six months ago, but  the community spirit that has helped hold us together during these months of Zoom calls and virtual events will serve us well in the months ahead.  We must continue to consider those other members of our communities who continue to struggle in these uncertain times.  Pro bono service provides us all with an opportunity to give back to those who would benefit fom our help now more than ever.  The clinic’s work is winding down, but the need for pro bono legal assistance continues unabated.  Take some inspiration from the pro bono matters reported on below and consider how you can contribute to strengthen our communities. 

Peter R. Knight
Partner, Chair Pro Bono Committee