Pro Bono Overview + Mission

Robinson+Cole has a notable history of pro bono service, including years of leadership roles in legal services organizations.

In 1914, Thomas Hewes, an associate at what was then Robinson, Robinson & Cole, began to work with the Charity Organization Society (COS), which was organizing legal aid committees nationwide. In the years that followed, he handled hundreds of pro bono case and ultimately developed the Connecticut Plan for Legal Aid, which led to the establishment of the Hartford Municipal Legal Aid Bureau.

As our firm has grown in size and geographic reach, so has the profile of our pro bono program and the breadth of pro bono matters in which we are involved. While the partners, counsel and associates and other professionals in all of our offices participate in a wide variety of pro bono matters, much of our pro bono efforts have focused on assisting women and children in crisis and veterans. Through active involvement with community organizations, government officials, and countless nonprofit organizations, our lawyers and staff have worked successfully to improve the quality of life for families and veterans. 

A tremendous amount of personal satisfaction results from this work. "It's the right thing to do" is a sentiment frequently heard at Robinson+Cole. Pro bono work also provides another tangible benefit: the firm's junior associates gain invaluable legal experience. Included are opportunities such as taking lead roles on matters under the supervision of senior lawyers, and acting as primary contact for the client--experience they might not otherwise get so early in their careers. Robinson+Cole and its lawyers have been recognized repeatedly for their outstanding pro bono contributions, earning awards and accolades from the state bar, professional associations, legal services organizations, clients, and legal publications. Moreover, many of our lawyers hold board positions on legal services organizations and sit on state and bar pro bono committees.

We have an active Pro Bono Committee, consisting of partners, counsel, and associates from various departments and across all offices of the firm. The committee is responsible for establishing policies and approving certain pro bono matters. In addition, the committee distributes a quarterly pro bono newsletter designed to keep everyone informed about Robinson+Cole's current pro bono projects and new pro bono opportunities, and to highlight and commend those who get involved and making a difference for a pro bono client.